Guardiola aims dig at PSG while defending City spending

Date published: Tuesday 30th January 2018 3:38

Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City’s spending policy after the club made Aymeric Laporte their most expensive signing ever.

Laporte joined City on Tuesday from Athletic Bilbao in a deal worth around £57million.

City have now spent all of the money since Guardiola became manager, with the Spaniard splashing most of his funds on the defence.

But Guardiola says that other clubs would have spent such cumulative sums on one player.

“Some clubs spend £300million, £400million on two players,” he said, with “some clubs” presumably meaning one: PSG. “We spend it on six players.

“We had a problem last summer with six players out of contract.

“When you want to compete at the highest level, you need to spend. Maybe one day this club will spend £100m or £130m on one player but we decide not to do it.

“We understand the inflation of the market. It is what it is. We accept criticism but what matters is our signings perform well and fit in at this club.”

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