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City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola

City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola

City have been linked regularly with the Portuguese midfielder, who has been one of the stars of Wolves' impressive first season back in the Premier League.

Guardiola said: "It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players".

"We realised that last season in Carabao Cup, we saw how complicated they are", he said.

Despite the likelihood of losing out on De Jong, Guardiola has no qualms over the work being done by City director of football Txiki Begiristain and his team to bring in top-class players.

"There are players who can play in that role but, specifically Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find".

"No, I didn't speak with him", Guardiola said.

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Guardiola acknowledges he can not expect Fernandinho, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, to play as much for City as he gets older, adding a solution has to be found for next season.

Wanderers go into this match off the back of a solid win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last week, and having already held Man City in the Premier League this season, they will head up the M6 high in confidence.

But given the Belgian has started just one league game so far this campaign, he is likely to be chomping at the bit to play from the kick-off against Wolves. He has averaged 1.3 key passes per game, which is only 0.5 fewer than what Eriksen (Spurs' chief creator) has delivered this season. "They are newly-promoted and doing incredibly well".

"I am in touch quite often with Txiki, especially, because he is close to my door".

But while City boss Guardiola would like to strengthen his central midfield options, he says the figures being mentioned in relation to 21-year-old Neves are beyond the champions. "I don't talk about players not here, never did and never will".


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