Manchester City latest: Teenager speaks about Van Gaal, striker responds to Bayern Munich star

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Manchester City defender Karim Rekik has backed Louis van Gaal to succeed as the Manchester United manager.

The 19-year-old centre-back was included in the Netherlands’ provisional 2014 World Cup squad following his impressive performances for PSV last season.

The Dutch teenager played for the Eindhoven-based outfit on loan in 2013-14 and will try to convince Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini to make him part of his first-team squad for the 2014-15 campaign.

Rekik failed to make the Oranje’s 23-man squad for the finals in Brazil but hails Van Gaal, who is currently in charge of the Netherlands.

‘He's very strict and he knows what he wants’, the Manchester Evening News quotes the Netherlands international as saying about the 62-year-old former Barcelona and Bayer Munich coach. I think he's a very good manager because he's very clear in his view and in what he wants so I think it's good for United’.

City have already started their pre-season training and will take on Dundee in a friendly on Sunday. Summer signing Fernando, wingers Scott Sinclair and Jesus Navas, and midfielder Samir Nasri all trained on Friday.

One City player who has yet to join the Premier League champions is Sergio Aguero. The 26-year-old striker is currently in Brazil with the Argentina national team and is preparing for the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the encounter, the former Atletico Madrid star said that he was ‘surprised’ to hear Netherlands and Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben claim that Argentina do ‘not stand a chance’ of winning the final.

‘We do not bother about what those outside say - although his comments surprised me’, ESPN quotes him as saying. ‘Germany, since the World Cup started, were named as the favourites alongside Brazil. We have to think about our play.

'It is useful for us that all the pressure is on them. We are not in the final by chance. If you have any loose change you should bet it on Argentina, without a doubt’.

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