Pep Guardiola hit back at claims of vast spending by Manchester City after their 65 million euro purchase of Aymeric Laporte and said that there are clubs that are paying 300 million on two players what they spend on six.
The Catalan also explained that the City squad needed refreshing with a number of players the wrong side of 30.
“I understand the crticism but the good players are expensive,” he stated.
“There are teams that spend this money on two players what we spend on six and seven players have their contract running out who are over 30.
“We had to buy players because four or five of our defenders are leaving. We had to spend, it was logical. One day if the club is prepared, we will spend more than 100 million but so far it has not been like that and the most expensive has been Laporte.
“What is certain is that in the summer we will buy one or two and that will be all, we were going to get Laporte in the summer but in the end it has happened now.”
Guardiola feels that it is important to have Laporte now due to the number of upcoming games.
“He is young, left-footed and is 23 or 24. He has been playing since he was very young in LaLiga, he is a good passer, strong in the air and I am happy with the work by the club to bring him in,” he continued.
“There are a lot of games to go and for that reason we have brought him in now and not in the summer. We will have patience with him and he has come for five years, he is used to playing in big stadiums like the Camp Nou and the Bernabeu and he is at a perfect age.”