City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jan 15, 2019,
Jan 15, 2019, 0:16
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: "Specifically with Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find".
"Ruben Neves is an excellent player", said Guardiola, whose second-placed side will be looking to cut Liverpool's seven-point lead at the top of the table. He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important.
Neves, whose Wolves side visit the Etihad on Monday, tends to play as one of two holding midfielders, whereas Fernandinho performs that role on his own in the City line-up.
"But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find".
"Our wage bill for the players is eighth or ninth or tenth in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher than what Manchester City pay".
"When we spent a lot last season, it was because the team was old - it was 30-31 years old and that's why we did it".
"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard".
In the meantime, Guardiola will hope Ilkay Gundogan can fill in if needed.
That latter victory not only all but assured City of a place in the final against Tottenham or Chelsea next month but also indicated the demanding Guardiola will not tolerate any let-up in his quest to add more silverware to the club's trophy cabinet.