Discussing the importance of squad depth ahead of Monday night's Premier League visit of Wolves, Guardiola told press: "Everybody is important". In a squad that possesses such strength in depth, the Brazilian's position is perhaps an area of weakness. "It involves playing with two holding midfielders - not just one - but he's an excellent player". We are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. He can play that holding midfield role.
"The club's most expensive [signing] was Riyhad [Mahrez, at £60m] and he is far away from what the top teams pay".
"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard".
City's plans for next season are already well under way; in recent seasons they have moved to wrap up summer signings long before the end of the season, and that is what they had tried with De Jong.
Guardiola does not appear to have a deputy of the same quality - John Stones, normally a centre-back, struggled in the role when Crystal Palace won at the Etihad Stadium on December 22, while Ilkay Gundogan has not been entirely convincing either.
Reigning champions City have lost just one of the 19 Premier League matches in which Fernandinho has played, whereas they have been defeated in both of the games he has missed. You have to be quicker and more efficient.
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Guardiola said he had not spoken to Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgium global went straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 9-0 Carabao Cup thrashing of Burton Albion.
"Gündogan played the last two games like a holding midfielder [against Rotherham United and Burton Albion], he had more space than usual - but he was so clever". But I'm not talking about the case of the Ajax player because he is an Ajax player.
"When we win, people don't ask about the players we play".
"No, I didn't speak with him", Guardiola said. It looks simple but it's not simple.
"If he has a problem he knows where I am, so I don't know, really".
"But sometimes it doesn't depend on us", said the Catalan manager.