Manchester City ready to help Gabriel Jesus after family return to Brazil

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Frenkie de Jong is also understood to have been one of the club's midfield targets but reports in the Spanish press suggest he is close to sealing a summer move from Ajax to Barcelona and Guardiola concedes it is becoming harder for clubs to secure their prized recruits.

"If you are the only one who want players it's easy".

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. Normally when you are humble you are going to lose.

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

"You have to be quicker and more efficient". But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find. "Wolves play with two holding midfielders, not just one, but he's an excellent player, an excellent player". "I think it won't be a problem for the next months". 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.

"The big clubs don't buy important players for just six months".

"We try to be stable". Next season we are going to try, like we tried last season to be more stable.

"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard".

"We realised [how good they were] when we played them in the EFL Cup last season and again early this season", the former Barcelona boss told a pre-match news conference, having overseen a penalty shoot-out triumph in the former game before his team were held 1-1 at Molineux in August.

"There are [players] but a lot of them are under contract", Guardiola said. Sometimes we judge the players and we really don't know what is happening in their private lives.

"The transfer window is the same in the summer, maybe shorter but it's a chance for the clubs to do something for new players and those who want to leave", he said.

"If you have no injuries and you are satisfied, like in our case, with your players and your squad you have, we decided, going well or going bad, to go with the players we had at the start of the season".

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