Pep Guardiola would target more English stars in the transfer market if they weren't 'so expensive'

The Manchester City boss spent big last summer including a £47million outlay on England defender John Stones and is widely expected to splash the cash again

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Pep Guardiola has revealed that he'd love to sign more English players but their sky-high prices makes him wary of doing so.

The Manchester City boss spent big last summer including a £47million outlay on England defender John Stones and is widely expected to splash the cash again at the end of this season as he looks to assemble a squad capable of competing both at home and abroad.

But when asked about what his specific transfer plans Guardiola hinted he may be forced to look further afield for new recruits.

 

"I would like to have English players but they are so expensive," he said at his weekly press conference ahead of the midweek clash with Stoke. 

"They feel something special but sometimes it’s not possible

"The market is the market and that’s why the club is working for a long period on the academy."

Guardiola also revealed that Vincent Kompany is back in training after over three months out through injury.

The City skipper has been out of action since November with a knee injury but despite nearing a return to fitness the Belgian won't be risked against Stoke on Wednesday evening.

“No [new injuries],” he added. “[Some] people tired, the rest are okay.

“Vincent has started training regularly. He made a training session yesterday with the group that didn’t play [at Sunderland] and today he trained."

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