Man City boss Guardiola: January market can be good opportunity

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Manchester City's official Twitter page quoted Guardiola, saying: "The big clubs don't buy players for six months".

Guardiola was then asked about Neves, who will play against City for Wolves on Monday.

"There are many holding midfielders in the world".

"It's not hard - there are many who can play in that position".

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there". A month ago, I started reading - "Ruben Neves, £100 million". That is not going to happen.

City twice broke their club transfer record last year with the signings of Aymeric Laporte last January for £57m and Riyad Mahrez last summer for £60m and Guardiola admits that level of investment isn't achievable every year, even with the financial backing of owner Sheikh Mansour.

"Sergio after Liverpool was sick", Guardiola added. 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.

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"We try to be stable".

He said: "Private lives can affect shorter and medium term performances a lot".

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

"I am in touch quite often with Txiki, especially, because he is close to my door, and I know exactly what they do, in the academy, in the first team and they are doing it really well". We can not spend more.

"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.

Guardiola says the club will make every effort to improve their squad this summer, with 33-year-old Fernandinho absent for the club's back-to-back league defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester during the festive schedule.

"Sometimes we have done it but normally when you want to buy a player it's for five or six years and that doesn't normally happen in this window". Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona you are going to lose.

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