Guardiola rejects Klopp comments on City spending power

Pep Guardiola has hit back at comments from Jurgen Klopp over Manchester City’s spending power.

Liverpool boss Klopp recently said his side were unable to compete with the likes of Guardiola’s City in the transfer market.

Champions League winners Liverpool have made just two low-key signings this summer after being the biggest spenders of 2018.

The German said: “People talk about it like, ‘now another £300million or £200m’.

“There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and (Real) Madrid can do the same – (Manchester) City and Paris St Germain that can do it every year.”

Guardiola claims City are not spending at that level every year and only did so once, in the summer of 2017, through necessity.

The City manager said: “Of course it bothers me because it’s not true that we spend £200m in every transfer market.

“So it’s Liverpool – you’ll never walk alone – so it’s not a small team. It’s Liverpool.

“Last season we spent £17m (net) on one player. Two seasons ago, if we spent a lot, it’s because I took over the team and we had 10 or 11 players over 30 years old. So we had to do it.

“But we cannot spend £200m every season.”

City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title by a point last season after a memorable title race. The two clubs renew their growing rivalry when they meet in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Guardiola is an admirer of the work Klopp has done at Anfield.

He said: “He inspires me in many things. He is a class manager, a top manager. He’s so good and it is an incredible challenge for me every time I face his teams.”

Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference, was unable to offer any further clarification on the future of winger Leroy Sane.

The German has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich all summer but, as yet, there has been no firm offer from the Bundesliga outfit.

Guardiola has repeatedly expressed his desire to keep the 23-year-old but the player, who has two years remaining on his contract, is yet to commit to a new deal.

Guardiola said: “I have said many times I want players who want to stay because it’s impossible for me as a manager to convince a player to do what we want to do when his head is away from here.

“But the player didn’t tell me anything that he wants to leave, so that is the only reality I have. If he knocks on the door and tells me he wants to leave then, OK, we are going to speak with the club.

“But nobody has told me that. So that’s why he’s our player, he’s my player. We want him to stay here because we have tried to extend the contract for more than one year.

Leroy Sane is yet to sign a new contract with City
Leroy Sane is yet to sign a new contract with City (Andy Hampson/PA)

“We were quite close a month ago and now it’s a little bit different but that’s the reality. I can’t say any more.”

City have been linked with Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo in a possible swap deal for Danilo but Guardiola would not comment.

Asked if there might be any more incomings or outgoing this summer, the Spaniard cryptically said: “Few. A few. A few, in and out.”

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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