Pep Guardiola forecasts end to Manchester City spending spree

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is facing injury issues ahead of their Premier League opener.

Neymar reportedly tried to persuade Jesus to join Barcelona ahead of City when he chose to leave Palmeiras last year and the 20-year-old laughed off the notion of having been able to exert influence the other way when PSG came calling.

Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

As one of the most successful football managers in the new millennium, Guardiola will have been disappointed that he didn't pick up a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career in his first season in England.

Manchester City will be without midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and summer signing Benjamin Mendy (thigh).

Manchester City striker Jesus is firm friends with his fellow Sao Paolo native and both carry the hopes of the most successful global team in history having starred in their gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive. If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he added. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton. We were not able with those players to find a solution. When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time.

All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season.

Guardiola's reported desire to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium and his previously reserved praise of Aguero means the Argentina star's future at City remains a matter of intrigue.

"This division is far tougher and we'll certainly need all of the experienced heads around us".

"I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother". But I think it is unsustainable.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had", he explained. "But we try to win the game".

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

What happens here will be absolutely no indication of what will happen to the Seagulls this season - that will come when they play the teams that I think will be down in the bottom six.

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