Manchester City ready to help Gabriel Jesus after family return to Brazil

Manchester City ready to help Gabriel Jesus after family return to Brazil

City have made finding competition in the holding midfielder role a priority, having missed out on Jorginho last summer, but Guardiola has stressed he is relaxed over his squad's depth and will not go into the January market. "He'll be 34 and he can not play every few days".

"You have to be quicker and more efficient".

Their arrival in Manchester before Christmas coincided with an upturn in the forward's form, and Guardiola said: "The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there". "Wolves play with two holding midfielders, not just one, but he's an excellent player, an excellent player".

De Jong, along with Wolves' Ruben Neves and Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele, have been linked with a possible move to the Etihad but Guardiola insisted they will not overspend to fill the role.

"Our wage, salary for the player is eighth, ninth or 10th in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher than what Manchester City pay". We try to be stable in everything.

"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard".

"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". The club knows it will be more expensive for everybody and it is what it is.

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"We knew the circumstances around the game - drawing or losing was not an option".

"Sometimes we have done [business], but normally when we buy some player it's for the next five, six years and normally in this transfer window this kind of situation doesn't happen", he told a news conference ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Wolves.

"If you have no injuries and you are satisfied, as in our case, with the squad we have, we decided going well, going bad, (we stick) with the same players we started the season".

That is part of the reason why their task of finding his successor is not easy, and despite Guardiola's call for speed and efficiency in the market he says his superiors, including sporting director Txiki Begiristain, are doing a hard job very well.

"That's why they are doing incredibly well". It looks simple but it's not simple.

"For loan players maybe it can happen, for a short time, but I don't think the big clubs buy players for just six months and important players are not sold in that period. It's complicated, so so complicated".

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