Guardiola on Manchester City signings hard to beat Real Madrid Barcelona

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

"For loan players maybe it can happen, for a short time, but I don't think the big clubs buy players for just six months and important players are not sold in that period".

Specifically Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find. "He'll be 34 and can not play every few days".

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.

Guardiola acknowledges he can not expect Fernandinho, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, to play as much for City as he gets older, adding a solution has to be found for next season.

Guardiola said he was happy with his squad, with City challenging for silverware in four competitions. But he's an excellent player. "The point is that majority are under contracts".

"There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and a lot of them can play here".

But Guardiola insisted, for all City's wealth, there were limits to even their transfer budget.

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Speaking in the embargoed portion of his Friday press conference, Guardiola brought up the £100 million valuation Ruben Neves, whose Wolves side City face on Monday night. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. He can play that holding midfield role.

Guardiola refused to be drawn on the chances of signing the 21-year-old Netherlands worldwide, who could cost around £70 million, but admitted it's hard to take on the La Liga giants.

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

"I would say they are incredible, top at what they are doing".

Guardiola said: "If he has a problem, he knows where I am, so I don't know, really".

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. "I don't talk about players not here, never did and never will".

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