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Monday 19 August 2019

Pep's very happy with City squad

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola claims it is not vital Manchester City sign a new centre-back before the start of their Premier League title defence.

The back-to-back champions have a central defender fewer following the departure of Vincent Kompany at the end of last season.

City have been linked with Leicester's Harry Maguire but, even if a new face does not arrive, Guardiola feels he is well covered in the position with Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

The City boss said: "We are so happy with the squad we have. I don't know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but I am delighted with the players we have.

"Maybe (we will buy) but we have three incredible central defenders and Fernandinho can play in that position. We will see."

One player continually linked with a move away from City is winger Leroy Sane, with Bayern Munich making public their interest in the player. Guardiola, a former Bayern manager, said: "For a long time they are talking about it but Leroy is our player. Hopefully he can stay here and the next season, and the next season."

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