Guardiola on Manchester City signings hard to beat Real Madrid Barcelona

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals in Manchester City's past two games

A month ago, I started reading - "Rúben Neves, £100m".

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".

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. That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. "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".

Simon Bajkowski says Guardiola's biggest selection dilemma is likely to come in midfield.

Guardiola would not be drawn specifically on City's interest in De Jong but admitted it is rare to beat Barcelona to a signing.

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.

In any case, Guardiola has intimated he is not sure if Neves, who City will face when Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday, would fit into his preferred system.

"And they can and we do not know who can win it, we have not got a clue and it looks like being 50-50". But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find. "I don't talk about players not here, never did and never will".

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Since then they have dished out two morale-boosting domestic cup thrashings to lower division teams - beating Rotherham and Burton by a combined score of 16-0 - but Liverpool have been the first back into league action.

"It is important that we took the last two games seriously", added Guardiola.

"His quality is incredible".

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

"Goal understands that City have been impressed with the 22-year-old's form so far this season, especially his performances against them in the Champions League, and he remains a viable option for the coming months, "Lee writes".

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