Guardiola declares Manchester City will not make any January signings
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Guardiola declares Manchester City will not make any January signings

It’s safe to say that Manchester City emerged as the victors of the summer transfer window.

While Erling Haaland has a case for arguably being the most in-form player in world football, the likes of Manuel Akanji and Stefan Ortega have also settled in swiftly at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite the fact that Julian Alvarez was signed in January, he returned to the club from his loan spell at River Plate in the summer and so far, the 22-year old has served as a brilliant understudy to Erling Haaland.

As for Kalvin Phillips, injuries have halted his progress in sky blue so far but a positive second half of the season can be expected from the England international.

While the Premier League champions filled a whole host of priority positions in the summer, several fans have voiced the side’s need for reinforcements out wide and at full-back.

Speaking to the press ahead of his side’s upcoming clash in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola broke several hearts amongst the Etihad faithful by confirming that City will not sign any new players in January.

“We are not going to sign anyone in January. We are not going to sign [anyone] in January. The squad we have, we are pleased [with], the squad will stay the same”, he was quoted saying by Joe Bray of Manchester Evening News.

With the likes of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish being attacking midfielders by trade, Riyad Mahrez being bang out of form and the young Cole Palmer being gradually bedded into the side, the clamour for a winger is understandable.

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At full-back, Sergio Gomez is yet to start a single league game, which confirms the suspicions that he was always a project signing for the time being.

As a result, the club lack depth in the aforementioned department, with only two senior full-backs at their disposal in Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker.

However, it seems Manchester City, who tend to rarely ever make any signings in the winter transfer window will stick to said principle once again.

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