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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rules out spending spree

Pep Guardiola rules out spending spree
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola acknowledges that his side cannot justify spending big this summer, having splashed out £278m on new recruits during 2017-18.

Pep Guardiola has reiterated that he only intends to add "one or two more" players to his Manchester City squad ahead of next season.

The Citizens splashed out £278m on nine players during 2017-18 campaign, including £57m on club-record signing Aymeric Laporte in the January window.

Guardiola acknowledges that a similar amount cannot be spent next term, though, and is happy with just a couple of additions to bolster his Premier League-winning side of 2017-18.

"[We will sign] one or two more, no more," he told Sky Sports News. "We cannot invest... maybe people don't believe me but we don't have the money to invest £300m every season.

"We invested a lot of money and will invest less in the future, because instead of doing it in two or three transfer windows, we did it in one. We needed it for the age [of the squad].

"The fundamental success of this season is the quality of the players. People say you won because you invest a lot, they are right. Ederson, for example, was perfect, but then at the end you are saying 'go and try the Premier League and try to play' and you don't know if it's going to happen."

City ticked off a number of records in winning the English top flight this season, such as most games won, most points gained and most goals scored.

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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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