Pep won't change his philosophy at Manchester City, says Alonso

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The pair formed a winning partnership at the Allianz Arena, and the Bayern man has backed his former mentor to succeed in his current job

Xabi Alonso says it was a privilege to play under Pep Guardiola, while stating he does not expect the Manchester City manager to change in the Premier League. 

Bayern Munich's Spanish enforcer is part of a select group of players who have starred both in a Pep team and in the Premier League, where he played with Liverpool

But despite some early teething problems at the Etihad Stadium, Alonso believes the former Barcelona coach will stay true to his playing ideals. 

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"Manchester City are still very much in the race for me as well," the midfielder explained to Fox Latin America.

"I loved playing under Pep and ultimately I don't think he will change his philosophy on the way the game should be played, he believes in it and he has been very successful with it.

"I do think he will be more physical in games though - and is maybe even looking at players who are able to do that job for him."

Alonso was recruited from Real Madrid by Pep in his second season at Bayern, after leading the Spanish giants to La Decima with their 2013-14 Champions League triumph over Atletico. 

The pair went on to take back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the two seasons they worked together in Bavaria, before Guardiola left for City at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.