Pep Guardiola says he is ‘more than satisfied’ with his Manchester City squad ahead of the club’s season opener against Wolves on Monday night.
City were expected to invest heavily this summer after finishing as runners-up last season, but have failed to add to their options since the capture of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres early in the transfer window.
Torres arrives as a replacement for Leroy Sane who has departed for Bayern Munich, whilst Ake will strengthen the club’s options at centre-back, though City are believed to be interested in signing an additional central defender.
Last season saw the club struggle defensively with midfielder Fernandinho utilised as a makeshift centre-back, with neither Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones convincing Guardiola they can be relied upon as a first-choice.
Eric Garcia has also been linked with a move to Barcelona, but despite the uncertainty, Guardiola insists he is happy with the options currently available to him and says he is confident the club’s hierarchy are doing ‘absolutely everything’ to improve their chances of success.
“It’s a joy to work with these players and this club,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.
“We have good expectations to do good football and get the results this club deserves. We want to continue the consistency.
“Since I arrived here I’m more than satisfied with what I have in the team, and I know the club does absolutely everything.
“Sometimes it’s the players who decide to move. But never before or in the future will I complain about this – I am a lucky person to be in this club.”
City were linked with a spectacular move for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi earlier in the window, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner having announced his intention to quit the Camp Nou after a turbulent period at the Spanish giants.
A reunion with Guardiola at the Etihad looked like a possible outcome for the Argentine, before he ultimately decided to remain with the club despite growing tensions.
Guardiola says Messi has explained his decision to remain with Barcelona for another season at least, refusing to comment further on just how close City came to potentially securing a stunning transfer swoop.
“Leo explained his feelings quite well,” Guardiola added. “I don’t have anything to add. He’s a football player for Barcelona, the club I love. Nothing else to say.”