Guardiola on Manchester City signings hard to beat Real Madrid Barcelona

Rex Christensen
January 14, 2019

"He knows the Premier League, he knows everything and that's so important".

There is now a seven-point gap between City and Liverpool, but Guardiola's side can cut that lead to four by beating Wolves on Monday night.

"If you are the only one who want players it's easy", Metro UK quoted Guardiola as saying.

"Normally, when you're in the same battle as Real Madrid and Barcelona, you're going to lose".

"I don't know what happened, he didn't speak to me, so I don't know what happened", said the City boss.

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. "But if you want one and many, many clubs want him it's more complicated, especially if it's Madrid or Barcelona", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Wolves. He'll be 34 and he can not play every few days.

De Bruyne is expected to play against Wolves, but may be begin the game on the bench after starting City's last two games in a row.

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"There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and majority can play here".

"A month ago, I started reading: 'Ruben Neves, £100 million ($129 million, 112 million euros)'".

"Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options (potential targets) -- depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price".

Neves, whose Wolves side visit the Etihad on Monday, tends to play as one of two holding midfielders, whereas Fernandinho performs that role on his own in the City line-up. "I don't talk about players not here, never did and never will".

"When we spent a lot last season, it was because the team was old - it was 30-31 years old and that's why we did it".

"The winter time was so demanding, so I made a decision to put Danilo in for a game and he played well, so I said I wanted him for one or two more games".

In the meantime, Guardiola will hope Ilkay Gundogan can fill in if needed.

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