Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must be 'careful' in pursuit of signings

Postado Janeiro 14, 2019

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.

Watch part two of the manager's press conference above, as Guardiola discusses the game, transfer rumours and City's future.

"If you have no injuries and you are satisfied with the players as in our case, we decide we are going with the players we have had since the start of the season". There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and majority can play here.

"They defend deep, switch play, control many areas".

"Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find [a similar player]", he added.

And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue. But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find. "He'll be 34 and can not play every few days".

Guardiola would not be drawn specifically on City's interest in De Jong but admitted it is rare to beat Barcelona to a signing. "We have a limit and cannot spend more so that's why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve".

Overall, the City boss appeared pessimistic. When you are exhausted in the last minutes, they put on new players.

"You asked me about going into the transfer window but I say: "no".

"You have to be quicker and more efficient". The club knows it will be more expensive for everybody and it is what it is. "I know the players' quality from the past three seasons; I know what they can give us until the end of the season".

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

Wolves are considering taking up their option to buy him for £30m next summer - but the 27-year-old again said it was too early for decisions to be made on his future. "That's why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League". "It looks easy but it's not easy", said Guardiola.

"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".

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".