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Name Txiki Begiristain
Gender Male
Ethnic Basque
Job Manchester City’s director of football
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Affiliation

Club as Coach Manchester City [director of football]
Club as Player Barcelona FC
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2017 07 24 Retrieve

[Manchester City sign £52m Benjamin Mendy to take spending over £200m] Benjamin Mendy has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player he has a wealth of top-level experience. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our No1 target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.

2019 07 03 Retrieve

[Manchester City have confirmed the signing of left-back Angelino. Angelino leaves PSV having made 43 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring a solitary goal and providing 12 assists] Angelino is a hugely talented young player and is an accomplished defender with great potential. Over the past year, he has gained excellent experience playing in the Eredivisie and the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven. We’re sure that he will bring additional defensive quality to our squad

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a club-record transfer fee of €70 million] Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for. He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession. He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s team and we are confident he will be a success.

2019 07 04b Retrieve

[Txiki Begiristain explains why Man City signed Rodri for club record fee] He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession. He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s team and we are confident he will be a success

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Man City and Juventus confirm Cancelo-Danilo swap in €65m deal] Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side. We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester. He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire. I am delighted we have secured his signature

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Man City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain was delighted to have tied Ilkay Gundogan - an important member of the squad down to fresh terms] Ilkay’s new deal is more excellent news for our club. He has shown how important he is to the team and has played a huge part in everything that we have achieved so far. We are thrilled he has committed his long-term future to Manchester City

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Director of football Txiki Begiristain commented at the time] Gabriel Jesus is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Txiki Begiristain explains what Man City need for Champions League challenge] We have to keep being strong in our country and if we do that, we know we will have a chance in this competition. It is important to be ourselves when we play and keep doing things our way. We have to keep fighting and if we do all that, we will be close. We have shown we can win trophies and win the Premier League and we just have to be ourselves – in the Champions League, everything has to be perfect because if you have one mistake in the quarter-finals, you are out. So, it is important to keep playing the way we believe, keep things tight and keep fighting.

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[What is a director of football & how does transfer chief role work? At Man City, Begiristain has overseen the club’s transfer policy, helping to bring in success stories such as Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus, as well as questionable acquisitions such as Eliaquim Mangala and Nolito] You don’t need to change 11 players every year. You need to change two or three. If you win, you need to bring someone in to create competition. If not, you have to improve some pieces, but the idea stays and the work is there to try and win again

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain hints at Claudio Bravo plans] We need a little time to confirm what we are seeing. We must remember that he’s been injured for a year and this is not seen in one or two months. After that time, we will make a joint decision, which depends on the two parties, because this is our decision and then his, but I want to make it clear that there is nothing settled. To this day, we are delighted with him. He’s preparing for the future. He could have gone to another club to play every game. Here he is taking all experience, collecting everything he has lived, especially in Barcelona and Manchester, to become a great manager

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Txiki Begiristain spent much of his playing career at Barca and knows Madrid’s capabilities all too well] It’s a difficult one, of course. Real Madrid have won [the competition] 13 times, so they’re the best. We want to be the best, so we want to beat them. It is always a pleasure to go to Real Madrid and play in a big stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu. We know what we are going to face, but they know our team and our manager, too. I think we have to keep connected to all of the competitions and we will have chances to win some. In the league, Liverpool are many points ahead, but we have to be connected

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Txiki Begiristain wishes ‘excellent coach’ Arteta well at Arsenal] Mikel, as a member of Pep’s team, has contributed significantly to the club in his time here in Manchester. His work on the training field and detailed preparations have helped us become a side that wins with regularity and in style. This move to Arsenal is a further step in his football development and I am sure he will become a top-class coach

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Emilio Butragueno is not fazed by the prospect of his Real Madrid side taking on Manchester City in the next round of the Champions League. City director Txiki Begiristain is viewing the tie as an opportunity for his club to prove their pedigree] It’s a difficult one, of course. Real Madrid have won [the competition] 13 times, so they’re the best. We want to be the best, so we want to beat them. It is always a pleasure to go to Real Madrid and play in a big stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu

2020 01 28 Retrieve

[Fernandinho signs 12-month contract extension with Man City] This new deal reflects Fernandinho’s quality and commitment. He is not only a first-class professional and one of the best players in world football, he is a fantastic person who leads by example every single day. We have a talented young squad – but making sure they are supplemented by senior players of Fernandinho’s ilk is of paramount importance. What he brings in terms of leadership and professionalism is valued by everyone at the football club. He is a player with outstanding technical quality, and his appreciation of the game allows him to play multiple positions. He is also a player without ego, someone who values his team-mates and recognises the importance of the squad