Guardiola: If De Bruyne has a problem, he knows where I am

0:35                                            Pep Guardiola says the club cannot replace the role of Gabriel Jesus' family but insists the striker is not alone

0:35 Pep Guardiola says the club cannot replace the role of Gabriel Jesus' family but insists the striker is not alone

Pep Guardiola said Manchester City "are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder" such as Rúben Neves of Wolves or any other similar footballer to provide competition for Fernandinho.

Guardiola said: "He knows what we want, yes, but it's in our hands".

"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".

Rui Patricio and Matt Doherty were both among the players who did not feature against the Reds last Monday, and the pair should take their place in the starting line up in this match.

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

Speaking in the embargoed portion of his Friday press conference, Guardiola brought up the £100 million valuation Ruben Neves, whose Wolves side City face on Monday night.

Pep Guardiola's men pulled themselves firmly back into the race for top spot in the Premier League with thrilling victory over the Reds earlier this month.

"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". "That's not going to happen".

Manchester City's official Twitter page quoted Guardiola, saying: "The big clubs don't buy players for six months". We try to be stable in everything. When we spent a lot [two summers ago] - it was because the team was old - it was an average 30-31 years old and that's why we did it.

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

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. "It involves playing with two holding midfielders - not just one - but he's an excellent player". His quality is incredible, we knew that. When he's close to the box, he arrives in the right tempo and the right moment to score a goal.

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