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By Simon Stone
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was told to limit his spending this summer – and it could leave him having a fundamental aggravation.
City are still to find the extent of the harm Aymeric Laporte continuing in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Brighton.
However, Guardiola states”it does not look good” and understands any lack will leave him just two senior centre-backs.
Skipper Vincent Kompany left this summer and was not replaced.
That left John Stones and Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi since the champions’ only recognised defenders.
City were excited on Harry Maguire however weren’t prepared to match the 80m Manchester United.
“The club told me there is a limitation and we can’t go for it ,” explained Guardiola.
The Spaniard spent a bar album #62.8m on midfielder Rodri, plus an additional #60m on Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, who’s yet to make his debut. City recouped through Fabian Delph Danilo and Douglas Luiz’s earnings about # 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 players, that is why we have a profound squad . However, you have a limitation. Maybe later on, but we cannot do it.”
Guardiola anticipates Stones to return after a two-game deficit for the visit September, but later this month with all the Champions League campaign beginning after that EFL Cup responsibilities, the City manager might need to find inventive in defence.
That could mean Kyle Walker shifting from the spot, something he has not done for City before, or Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho continuing in a role following his appearance as a substitute on Saturday.
“It is exactly what it really is,” explained Guardiola. “We are in the season and the men will need to step forward.
“In case Kyle Walker must perform as a central defender, he’ll act as a central defender. We must locate solutions.”
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