Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Guardiola fast-tracks Man City starlet Phil Foden to first-team

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club will rein in its spending for the rest of his time in charge after an outlay approaching $500 million in his first two summer transfer windows.

'I'm so grateful - thanks so much to the club for picking him up, ' Guardiola told the club's official website.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.

"The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".

Garcia had to make do with relatively few first-team appearances - and has now joined Girona on loan - though Foden will come into a less crowded squad for the 2017-18 campaign, given the departure of Fernando and the expected exit of Fabian Delph. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play. We always create more than the opponent.

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start".

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said on Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. We bought three and the market is so demanding not just for Manchester City.

Brighton could find it hard to match England's best sides and we definitely expect in-form Manchester City to win the game at Amex. The stability of the team has been good. "We did it without pressure in friendlies and now we have to see how we react under pressure".

"I think he's close to coming back", he said. "Maybe he'll get minutes in Girona [on August 15]. (The current players) are young and will stay for the future". He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is ideal for the way we want to play.

Guardiola is credited with moulding the now 29-year-old into the ideal defensive midfield lynchpins, who has allowed attacking stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Pedro, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Dani Alves to flourish over the years. "In those terms, we're so happy".

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