Pep Guardiola rules out January signings at Manchester City


Guardiola’s group has obtained the Premier League for the final two seasons

Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola has dominated out making any original signings within the January switch window.

City, who play Burnley on Tuesday, have not saved a neat sheet of their final seven games and are 11 sides on the abet of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

There has been some shock at passe Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho being deployed in defence this season.

“I esteem Fernandinho playing in that assert plenty,” said Guardiola. “I arrangement shut him there. That’s why he plays.”

City’s central defence appears to be a transparent attach of weak point – they did now not arrangement shut a replacement for skipper Vincent Kompany within the summertime,lost Aymeric Laporte to hurtand have opted to now not play Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones together in any sport since September.

It’s now not going to suggested Guardiola to give a boost to his squad within the switch window, though. As a replacement he intends to follow 34-yr-extinct Fernandinho as his first-decision centre-half.

“I attach now not need any avid gamers in January,” Guardiola said.

Though Fernandinho has spent all his profession as a midfielder – together with better than six years and 250 appearances at City – Guardiola reacted tersely when he used to be asked why the Brazilian used to be extinct in defence extra normally than Stones and Otamendi, who value a mixed £seventy 9.5m.

Requested what defensive qualities in boom Fernandinho has, Guardiola said: “Own you watched the games?”

Nonetheless, as with Spain midfielder David Silva, Fernandinho’s contract will expire within the summertime.

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Silva has already said he’s going to glide away the membership this summer season. There has been no such announcement about Fernandinho, suggesting a original contract will be offered.

“We are succesful of mediate on that advise on the tip of the season,” Guardiola said. “That’s for the avid gamers who’ve carried out their contracts and the avid gamers who’ve them.

“We are succesful of enact what we possess is most effective for the membership and the organisation for next season.”

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