Guardiola: If De Bruyne has a problem, he knows where I am

Guardiola tried to sign Jorginho from Napoli to fulfil that role last summer but the player opted to join Chelsea instead.

And while Pochettino has somewhat managed to find adequate cover in the holding midfield role, Spurs have struggled to provide creativity without the services of Christian Eriksen, especially with Dele Alli not exerting the same dominance as before.

"But I'm not talking about the case of the Ajax player [Frenkie De Jong] because he is an Ajax player".

Guardiola said: "It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players".

De Jong is one of the hottest talents in world football right now and would be the ideal man to replace Eriksen if the worst happens and he does move to Madrid.

Striker Sergio Aguero could return for Wolves' visit to the Etihad Stadium after a bout of illness while captain Vincent Kompany has also made good progress after suffering a muscular problem in the Liverpool game.

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"Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find [a similar player]", he added. He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important.

"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts".

"But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find".

But with City still fighting for silverware on four fronts, the Catalan is happy to rely on John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan until the end of the season.

Since then they have dished out two morale-boosting domestic cup thrashings to lower division teams - beating Rotherham and Burton by a combined score of 16-0 - but Liverpool have been the first back into league action. In fact, he has averaged 80 passes this season with an incredible accuracy of 92%.

Neves' promising performances for Wolves have led to speculation that he could soon be on the move to a bigger club but Guardiola has ruled out a move to City due to his price tag.

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