Guardiola: If De Bruyne has a problem, he knows where I am

Guardiola: If De Bruyne has a problem, he knows where I am

Pep Guardiola says he has not spoken to Kevin De Bruyne after reports the midfielder was unhappy at being subbed in the Carabao Cup semi final against Burton.

Guardiola did not reference De Jong but conceded City face a hard task beating Barca and Madrid when it comes to transfers.

"If you are the only one who want players it's easy. But if you want one and many, many clubs want him it's more complicated, especially if it's Madrid or Barcelona", Guardiola told reporters. That's why I learned in the academy at Barcelona that every game you have to try to win. You have to be quicker and more efficient. "I'm happy here, happy with my play and happy in the team". "We know it's going to be hard when you see the other teams in the league but we know we can achieve it if we are focused and concentrate".

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.

"Specifically Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find". "He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important".

Ahead of tonight's game against Manchester City, Jimenez admits Wolves' targets are shifting this season - qualifying for Europe is a possibility. He'll be 34 and he can not play every few days.

Guardiola said: "A month ago I started reading "Ruben Neves, £100m". Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options - depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price.

"It's not (far away), we know we're a good team who can be there so we are going to try and fight to the end".

"I hope towards the end of the season we get a title run-in", said the former Manchester United and England captain in the Gary Neville podcast.

Guardiola does not appear to have a deputy of the same quality - John Stones, normally a centre-back, struggled in the role when Crystal Palace won at the Etihad Stadium on December 22, while Ilkay Gundogan has not been entirely convincing either.

Rui Patricio and Matt Doherty were both among the players who did not feature against the Reds last Monday, and the pair should take their place in the starting line up in this match.