Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has decided to rule out the addition of new players to the club during the upcoming transfer window.
Speaking in a press conference, the Spanish tactician said he is not keen to add more players once the next year starts and, speaking about their lack of depth at centre-back, he said he is happy adapting Fernandinho to a new position rather than spending on a new player.
“I don’t want any players in January,” Guardiola said. “We cannot do it in summer, we cannot do it in January. When an incredible opportunity comes in January for the next four or five or six years, maybe we can think about it. But that is not possible. Normally the players we think could be interesting, [clubs] are not going to sell them.”
“We could not sign a centre-back [in the summer]. We decided to adapt Fernandinho in this position and that’s all. Sometimes the club wants to try to do the best but sometimes we cannot. We have to adapt with the players that we have”, he added.
This is a rather odd statement for Guardiola, but it makes sense. The club does not want to have problems due to the Financial Fair Play Rules, and it’s not like they can find cheap upgrades over their current in-house options out there on the market.
Manchester City currently sit in third place of the Premier League standings with 29 points after 14 matches. They are 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool.