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Man City boss Guardiola: I can't risk gambling with kids

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he can't risk gambling with his kids.

Guardiola has delivered back-to-back Premier League titles, successive Carabao Cups and the FA Cup to the Etihad over the last two seasons.

But success has come at a price – with City splashing more than £535million in the transfer market during the Catalan's reign to strengthen a squad that already included the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandino.

“We have to compete every single day to fight with the best teams in England and Europe," said the City boss.

“And for that we need the David Silvas and Kevin de Bruynes and the Sergio Agueros and Fernandinhos.

“We need all these type of players because with young, young, young players you cannot do it.

“The young players can be help for the other ones, of course, but if the basis of the team is young then it is just not possible.

“This team needs to win titles and prizes - and the process for the young players means they need time.

“The best way for them is step by step.

“The demand from the club is not to win the Champions League, but we must be there every time in all the competitions.

“And, for that, we need the players we have. What can I say?"

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