Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pep hasn't spoken to De Bruyne on 'storming down tunnel' v Burton

Pep hasn't spoken to De Bruyne on 'storming down tunnel' v Burton

"It's going to be a very hard match, they have players who know each other very well".

"A month ago, I started reading: 'Ruben Neves, £100 million ($129 million, 112 million euros)'".

Guardiola says last season's Carabao Cup game between the two sides offered all the evidence he needed to know how strong they are.

"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard". That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.

When put to him that Neves might be the type required Guardiola said: "He's an excellent player but there are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and majority can play here".

However, Guardiola says he does not know if the player is angry with him or not, as De Bruyne has not sought a conversation with him about the incident.

Another player frequently linked with City is Ajax's Frenkie De Jong, but Guardiola has refused to add credence to the speculation.

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The Citizens struggled to deal with the loss of Fernandinho through injury over the festive period and lost three times in the space of four Premier League games.

"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts". We try to be stable in everything.

Ahead of tonight's game against Manchester City, Jimenez admits Wolves' targets are shifting this season - qualifying for Europe is a possibility.

In the meantime, Guardiola will hope Ilkay Gundogan can fill in if needed.

Since then they have dished out two morale-boosting domestic cup thrashings to lower division teams - beating Rotherham and Burton by a combined score of 16-0 - but Liverpool have been the first back into league action.

The 33-year-old Brazilian has become one of the most important players in City's line-up during Guardiola's three seasons at the club, with his hard work and passing ability as a holding midfielder providing both security in front of the defence and scope for the team to attack. He made an incredible assist and a lot of passes before the finish. Our performance against the smaller teams has to be better now, we know that. He can play that holding midfield role. "I didn't speak with him so that one time I can not say what he thinks because I don't know".

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