Transfer: Manchester City keen to strengthen defence in January

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Pep Guardiola (SKY SPORTS)

English Premier League leaders Manchester City plan to strengthen their defence in the January transfer window, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

The Spaniard said this was to avoid a lack of squad depth as they compete on multiple fronts.

Injured defenders John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are all expected to return next year.

This will leave Guardiola with limited options as his team target domestic league and Cup honours, along with the UEFA Champions League.

“In that department we have too few players and to handle all competitions we are in trouble, real trouble if this is the case. But I can’t assure anything.

“We’re going to see what will happen in January,” Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday.

“Maybe we are thinking of looking at another central defender because of Vincent’s problems, John Stones is four or…

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