Pep Guardiola hopeful of defensive reinforcement

After Vincent Kompany's departure from Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is hopeful that the Citizens will bring in another centre-half.

Published : Jul 20, 2019 12:24 IST

Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany.
Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany.

Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful last season's treble winner can add another centre-back before the new season starts.

The Citizens are in the market for a new defender after club captain Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad following 11 seasons at the club. City has been linked with Leicester City's Harry Maguire, and while Guardiola refused to discuss the England international specifically, he acknowledges that they are looking at transfer targets.

'Looking for some names'

"We will see," Guardiola said when asked if City needed to replace Kompany. "But yeah, we are looking for some names. At the same time, we have three centre-backs who can play there and we have two young players in the second team who can help us.

"We shall see if the market is possible and if the club believes we can spend that money. But if they don't, we shan't spend it."

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager also addressed speculation surrounding the future of German winger Leroy Sane. "We want him to stay. Hopefully he can stay this season and another one and another one, that's why we offered him a new contract," Guardiola said.

'Special qualities'

"I want him. He has special qualities, we play wingers and we need specific wingers. But it is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing."

City has made two signings this off-season with Spanish midfielder Rodri joining for a club-record GBP 63 million and full-back Angelino returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven.

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