Legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has hailed Manchester City’s recruitment process which saw the Sheik Mansour owned club announce the hiring of Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola on Monday.

Guardiola will replace Chilean Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium this summer where the 45-year-old Spaniard will reunite with his former Barcelona chief Ferran Soriano.

“People always said it was an easy job at Barcelona, it wasn’t an easy job at Barcelona, trust me,” Henry, who worked with Guardiola at Camp Nou, told Sky Sports News HQ.

“After my first season [the season before Guardiola took charge], it was very difficult, the fans were really unhappy because we did not win everything.

“But he was from there and people were patient with him. But I can assure you that what he brought was outstanding. Now to compare the two teams – he is going to come to a team that can play already with players that have won stuff with experience.

“So it’s pretty similar. The thing that I hope he can do if Man City does not win the Champions League this year, I think in the three years they will be very close to winning it.”

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