Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of Manchester City making any new signings ahead of the January transfer window.
The Premier League champions have suffered an indifferent start to the campaign and have fallen 11 points adrift of leaders Liverpool, with several injuries having hindered their progress, in particular, the long-term absence of Aymeric Laporte in central defence.
Midfielder Fernandinho has deputised for the majority of the season so far, and reports have suggested that the club may seek to bolster their defensive options in the winter window, however, Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of any new arrivals and insists he remains happy with his current squad.
“I don’t want any players in January,” the Man City manager said at his pre-match press conference.
“When they come for an incredible opportunity in January for the next four, five, six [years] maybe we could think about it. Normally the players we could think would be interesting to add something for our squad – clubs are not going to sell them in January.”
“This group is extraordinary, the group is incredible. They take care of themselves perfectly and are an incredible unit.”
Guardiola conceded that the club are likely to seek replacements for veteran duo David Silva and Fernandinho in the summer, the former already confirming his departure from the Etihad after ten seasons at the club.
Brazilian international Fernandinho’s future is also in doubt, the midfielder set to turn 35 before the end of the season and entering the final months of his contract.
Guardiola revealed a decision is yet to be made on the former Shakhtar Donetsk player’s future beyond this season, but admitted the replacing of the club’s ageing stars is a natural progression for his side.
“David [Silva] has confirmed he’s leaving,” Guardiola said. “Fernandinho doesn’t know [about his future] but it’s normal. The players that arrive at his age and this stage of their lives – we have to replace them.”
Despite the possibility of two of the club’s longest-serving players departing, Guardiola denied he will be overseeing a complete overhaul of his squad despite their struggles in the opening months of the campaign.
“Three players is not rebuilding the team. Rebuilding the team is seven or eight, which we did in the second season when seven players finished their contract because 11 players were over 30. Buying two or three players is not rebuild, it’s just substituting positions.”