Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that he will spend significantly less in the transfer market next summer after splashing out nearly £400m in the last 13 months. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24. 'Hopefully next season I'll be here and we're not going to spend how we spent again, I can assure you of that. We had to buy three and the market is so demanding for teams all around the world.
"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".
'The solution isn't changing players every season.
"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he told reporters today.
"Next season, for the next three or four years, Manchester City will sign one, two, maybe three players but we are not going to do what happened this season".
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Guardiola also praised the City board for shrewdly signing targets earlier, with both Bernardo Silva and Ederson through the door well before pre-season.
City has spent about 200 million pounds ($260 million) this offseason, mostly on full backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, to follow on from about 170 million ($207 million) last summer. The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed. 'I feel the same pressure as I had last season. "But we try to win the game".
He said: "We were favourites last season and missed out by 15 points, so being favourites this season means nothing". My first press conference we were favourites and that hasn't changed.
"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive". I'll do my best. "We needed to do that because four or five players were out of contract". The people say we're favourites and we have to handle that knowing how hard it is'.