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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Pellegrini says City not targeting new faces

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City have no plans for new signings in next month's transfer window despite recent inconsistency, manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

Before coming from 2-1 down with 12 minutes left to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2 and top their Champions League group in midweek, City had lost three games out of four, including a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool and 2-0 loss to Stoke City.

Pellegrini believes, however, that they will be strong enough once a number of senior players recover from injury.

"I think we have a squad that is the best in this moment," he told a news conference ahead of today's home game with managerless Swansea City.

"At the moment - no changes."

Striker Sergio Aguero is still not ready to return, although Pellegrini said he was due to start training next week and hopes to be fit to play against Arsenal in a key game on Monday week.

Captain Vincent Kompany will also return to training next week but fellow defender Pablo Zabaleta and midfielders Fernando and Samir Nasri are all still out.

Argentine centre half Martin Demichelis is available again.

Pellegrini wants more goals from Raheem Sterling, who scored twice in the comeback against Moenchengladbach.

"Raheem Sterling's not just a striker but one of his targets must be to improve the amount of goals he scores every season," Pellegrini said.

"Playing with Kun (Aguero), Yaya (Toure) and David (Silva) every day is important for a young player like Sterling. It will make him a better player."

Meanwhile, Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits Garry Monk's departure was more painful because he had been at the club for so long.

Curtis, who has been involved with Swansea for 40 years in various roles as player and coach, takes charge of team affairs at City following a week of turmoil at the Liberty Stadium. Monk was sacked on Wednesday after a run of one win in 11 games, ending his 22-month tenure as manager.

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