Man City boss Guardiola: January market can be good opportunity

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2019

'It would be a dream, everyone is invited, ' Guardiola said.

Wolves midfielder and Portugal worldwide Neves has impressed following the club's promotion, however, Guardiola insisted City can not afford the 21-year-old amid talk of a £100million fee. 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. He can play that holding midfield role, he has the quality and the vision to pass.

City do have a number of irons in the fire at the moment - including Lyon pair Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar - and much of Guardiola's Friday press conference was dedicated to the subject of the Blues' transfer business, and the task of replacing Fernandinho.

And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue. "We know it's going to be hard when you see the other teams in the league but we know we can achieve it if we are focused and concentrate". At the beginning of the season, we spoke about it.

"You have to be quicker and more efficient".

"That is why we have to be careful, look at the players who can do it and try next season to get better". "I'm happy here, happy with my play and happy in the team".

And while Guardiola insisted he was not talking specifically about De Jong, he did give his lengthy answer about the need for his club to be smarter in the market if they want to out-do La Liga's biggest clubs in direct response to a question about the Dutch prodigy.

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"There are many players, not just one if it doesn't happen".

"If you have no injuries and you are satisfied, as in our case, with the squad we have, we decided going well, going bad, (we stick) with the same players we started the season".

"The transfer window is the same in the summer, maybe shorter but it's a chance for the clubs to do something for new players and those who want to leave", he said.

City have struggled to cope when they have been without Fernandinho in that position, losing both the Premier League games he missed, but the Brazilian will be 34 when next season kicks off.

Jimenez added: "Maybe the "smaller" sides know we are a very hard team to beat so they wait at the back of the pitch - that's when we have some problems". To buy players, right now, for all the players in the world, we are doing really well.

"Sometimes we have done it but normally when you want to buy a player it's for five or six years and that doesn't normally happen in this window. It's complicated, so so complicated".

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