Pep not planning on shopping at the January sales

Pep Guardiola insists champions Manchester City will not be adding to their squad in the January transfer window.

That rules out the prospect of City moving for another defensive midfielder after losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea last summer.

City boss Guardiola also claims thinking will not be altered by Benjamin Mendy’s latest injury.

Benjamin Mendy is injured
Benjamin Mendy is injured (Nick Potts/PA)

Mendy, who has no natural replacement at left-back and missed the majority of last season after right knee surgery, could be out until mid-February following an operation on his left knee.

Guardiola said: “No. In January – no window. We are not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad, people are coming back, so no.”

A January without signings would leave last summer’s £60million record buy Riyad Mahrez as the only addition to the City squad since they won the Premier League title last season.

City did invest £57million in defender Aymeric Laporte last January but Guardiola prefers not to do business during the winter window.

Guardiola will call on Academy players, such as Phil Foden
Guardiola will call on Academy players, such as Phil Foden (Mike Egerton/PA)

He said: “It’s much much, much better (not to buy in January). When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was to not go to the January (window) except (if) we have problems.

“But I have a deep squad and a lot of players cannot play when I trust them a lot. They believe I don’t like them but that is not true! I trust a lot in all the players, all of them and it’s a joy to be with them.

“When there are some injuries another one is going to play and, if not, you have a few players in the Academy that maybe are going to help us in a few moments or few minutes. We are not going to go to January in the market, no way.”

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