Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Guardiola admits struggle in finding 'new' Fernandinho

Guardiola admits struggle in finding 'new' Fernandinho

"But I'm not talking about the case of the Ajax player because he is an Ajax player".

And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday facing a seven-point gap to leaders Liverpool, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue.

"For loan players maybe it can happen, for a short time, but I don't think the big clubs buy players for just six months and important players are not sold in that period". A month ago, I started reading - "Rúben Neves, £100m".

Wanderers go into this match off the back of a solid win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last week, and having already held Man City in the Premier League this season, they will head up the M6 high in confidence.

"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts".

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Guardiola in tough hunt for ‘new’ Fernandinho

A holding midfielder would be a priority for Guardiola because City now have no natural replacement for Fernandinho.

Guardiola said: "It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players".

Specifically Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find. He knows the Premier League and, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important.

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".

Guardiola said: "Gundogan played the last two games like a holding midfielder". We are not going to pay £100 million for a holding midfielder. The 21-year-old helped Wolves gain promotion after signing from Porto in a £15.8 million deal in the summer of 2017 and the Portugal player has impressed in the top flight this season. When he's close to the box, he arrives in the right tempo and the right moment to score a goal. "That's why in the transfer window when you ask me [about new signings] and I say no, it's because I know the players and the quality and know exactly what they can give us until the end of the season".

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