Guardiola on Manchester City signings hard to beat Real Madrid Barcelona

Carrie Guzman
January 14, 2019

Pep Guardiola says he has not spoken to Kevin De Bruyne after reports the midfielder was unhappy at being subbed in the Carabao Cup semi final against Burton.

City are at home to Wolves on Monday evening with the champions unlikely to strengthen in defensive midfield despite Guardiola's wish to add a second specialist in the position.

"We realised when we played them in the EFL Cup and in our first away game how complicated it would be", he said.

The Citizens struggled to deal with the loss of Fernandinho through injury over the festive period and lost three times in the space of four Premier League games. The 20-year-old is a versatile midfielder who has often been stationed alongside Ndombele in a deep-lying role, but can also play further forward. When you are exhausted in the last minutes, they put on new players.

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The manager said City would do everything they can to help Gabriel Jesus after close relatives including his mother, Vera Lucia Diniz de Jesus, returned to Brazil.

City are among a host of top European clubs interested in signing Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong but face competition from Barcelona as well as Paris Saint-Germain. A month ago, I started reading - "Rúben Neves, £100m". "It involves playing with two holding midfielders - not just one - but he's an excellent player". "I don't talk about players not here, never did and never will". But of course, for the next season, it's an important target to find. He'll be 34 and he can not play every few days. He had more space than usual but he was so clever. "He's a fantastic player". When we spent a lot [two summers ago] - it was because the team was old - it was an average 30-31 years old and that's why we did it. "That's why in the transfer window when you ask me [about new signings] and I say no, it's because I know the players and the quality and know exactly what they can give us until the end of the season".

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