Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Key duo to return for Man City trip

Key duo to return for Man City trip

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the Premier League champions can not compete with LaLiga powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid in the transfer market.

"The big clubs don't buy big players for just six months, and it important players are not sold in this period".

Guardiola said: 'A month ago I read about Ruben Neves - £100m!

Champions Manchester City will aim to cut Liverpool's lead back to four points as they resume their title chase by hosting Wolves on Monday.

The Belgium midfielder was withdrawn after less than an hour in City's 9-0 rout of the League One side, which all but secured their spot in the EFL Cup final.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: "Specifically with Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find".

De Jong, along with Wolves' Ruben Neves and Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele, have been linked with a possible move to the Etihad but Guardiola insisted they will not overspend to fill the role.

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there".

Tottenham's struggles in the midfield department have been well documented this season, with a host of key midfielders missing out due to frequent injuries over the course of the season.

"Our wage bill for the players is eighth or ninth or tenth in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher than what Manchester City pay".

"We realised that last season in Carabao Cup, we saw how complicated they are", he said.

But with City still fighting for silverware on four fronts, the Catalan is happy to rely on John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan until the end of the season. We are there, but the focus now is who the next one is, which competition and then try to do our job.

Pep Guardiola conceded Manchester City face a hard task beating Barcelona and Real Madrid when it comes to transfers.

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