Pep Guardiola spoke to the press today ahead of Manchester City’s friendly against Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.
The City boss was asked about transfers and did not rule out dipping into the market before the window shuts, but believes his squad is well stocked, with players in every position.
“We still have a few weeks until the end of the transfer window,” Guardiola told journalists. “We are going to decide but at this moment, we are good enough. We have players in each position.
“We will see in the last days whether we will sign one player or wait.”
The Italian press continues to insist that Guardiola is after Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but Pep categorically ruled that out. He has denied interest in previous targets, including John Stones and Leroy Sané, but seemed quite clear about City’s position, despite persistent reports from Italy of an imminent big-money bid for the 28-year-old.
“[Miralem] Pjanic is a player at Juventus. We are not interested in him.”
So are City short on holding midfielders? Not in the manager’s eyes.
“The scouting department is always looking at players for all positions. We do not have less players in defensive midfield because we have players who can play in that position.”
On his own position, Pep described himself as ‘comfortable’ with life at City.
“When we decided to extend the contract, I am comfortable and the club trusts what we are doing. Khaldoon, Ferran and Txiki know it depends on results.
“You have three more years on your contract but results dictate what will happen in the future. Arriving in April, May being in contention for titles is what matters.
“Football trainers are always in a dangerous position but my family is happy in Manchester, I am comfortable working with a young team.
“When you feel you are tired or the players don’t follow you, even if you have a contract I will speak to the people but I will do my best.”
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