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Man City boss Guardiola shuts down January plans

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he doesn't want to sign any new players in January.

The Sky Blues have suffered without sufficient centre-back depth, with Aymeric Laporte's long-term injury forcing midfielder Fernandinho to play in the position.

But Guardiola has been impressed by the Brazilian and feels no need to dip into the transfer market, despite his side 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

"I don't want any players in January," the Spaniard said. "We cannot do it in summer, we cannot do it in January.

"When an incredible opportunity comes in January for the next four or five or six years, maybe we can think about it. But that is not possible. Normally the players we think could be interesting, [clubs] are not going to sell them.

"We could not sign a centre-back [in the summer]. We decided to adapt Fernandinho In this position and that's all. Sometimes the club wants to try to do the best but sometimes we cannot. We have to adapt with the players that we have.

"Vincent decided to go to Belgium. We have another alternative in other players and I'm thinking about that. No [we don't miss him], the group is extraordinary. They are incredible. They take of themselves perfectly, have an incredible unit.

"Vincent is and was and will be an important player and person for this club. But he decided to go to Belgium and we have other incredible players to try to do the job they have to do."

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