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By Simon Stone
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was advised to restrict his spending this summer – and it could leave him.
City are still to find the extent of the harm Aymeric Laporte continuing in Saturday’s 4-0 win.
But Guardiola states”it doesn’t look good” and knows any absence will leave him with just two senior centre-backs.
This summer skipper Vincent Kompany abandoned and wasn’t replaced.
That abandoned Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones because the champions’ only recognised central defenders.
City were keen however weren’t ready to match the #80m Manchester United.
“The team told me there’s a limitation and we can’t go to it ,” explained Guardiola.
The Spaniard spent a bar record #62.8m on midfielder Rodri, and an added #60m on Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, who is still to make his introduction. City recouped around #60m.
“We cannot afford it as with other groups can afford it,” added Guardiola.
“I never complained about that. We paid a lot of money for a good deal of gamers, that’s the reason we have a deep squad with a lot of quality. But you need a limitation. Maybe later on, but right now we can’t do it.”
Guardiola anticipates Stones to return after a two-game absence for the visit September, however later this month, with the Champions League campaign beginning after that, also EFL Cup responsibilities, the City manager may need to find creative in central defence.
That could indicate Kyle Walker shifting from the place before, or midfielder Fernandinho continued at a defensive job following his appearance as a substitute on Saturday.
“It’s exactly what it is,” said Guardiola. “We are in the time and the guys need to step forward.
“If Kyle Walker must perform with a central defender, he’ll play as a central refuge. We must find solutions.”
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