Pep Guardiola has insisted that Manchester City will not sign any new players in the January transfer window.
City bounced back from a slow start to the season to re-emerge as contenders for the Premier League title that Liverpool snatched from them in 2019-20.
The Blues have won five straight games, including an impressive 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and are now just two points behind current leader Manchester United with a game in hand.
Guardiola’s men have also advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Carabao Cup final and the fourth round of the FA Cup, with an unprecedented quadruple chance heading into the second half of the campaign.
City currently have the best defensive record in the top flight, conceding only 13 goals in 17 games, and the arrival of the summer Ruben Dias placed perfectly in the starting XI after his great move from Benfica.
The likes of John Stones and Joao Cancelo have also been impressive at the rear, but City have not always been in their best flowing form at the other end of the field.
Sergio Agüero’s struggles to stay in shape have continued in recent months, leaving Guardiola with just Gabriel Jesus and 17-year-old Liam Delap to call in a natural center-forward role.
The Catalan has often chosen to use Kevin de Bruyne or Raheem Sterling as “false nines” rather than playing an orthodox forward, with mixed results, and it has been suggested that the lack of firepower could end up costing his team. in the commercial aspect. it’s from the season.
However, Guardiola does not plan to increase his ranks this month, as he told beIN Sports before a midweek meeting with Aston Villa: “We will not sign any deals during the winter transfer market.
“We do not discuss it, but we will end the season with the players we have now.”
After City’s latest outing in the Premier League, they will turn their attention to an FA Cup fourth round tie with Cheltenham on January 23, which comes three days before they make a trip to The Hawthorns to face West. Brom.