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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Manchester City look to sign 'one more' player but Guardiola content with squad

Mahrez the only first-team arrival this summer as City's World Cup stars cut short holiday to prepare for title defence

Pep Guardiola talks to the media ahead of Manchester City's pre-season friendly match against Bayern Munich. AP Photo
Pep Guardiola talks to the media ahead of Manchester City's pre-season friendly match against Bayern Munich. AP Photo

Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City will look to make one more signing this summer, although he is content with the squad at his disposal.

Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez is City's only signing so far, arriving from Leicester City for a reported £75 million (Dh361m), while the Premier League champions missed out on Italian midfielder Jorginho to Chelsea.

"If we do, we sign one more but in this moment we stay with what we've got," Guardiola said ahead of City's International Champions Cup match against Bayern Munich in Miami on Saturday.

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"It's so expensive and we spent a lot last year because we had an old squad. Maybe one [will come in], maybe not."

Guardiola also revealed that City's World Cup players have returned to training early to begin preparations for their Premier League title defence.

The English champions had 16 players playing in Russia with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Kyle Walker , Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling not due back until next weekend.

All players were given three weeks off from the moment their involvement in the tournament ended.

But Guardiola revealed on Friday that only two of his squad will not be available for the Community Shield season opener against Chelsea on August 5.

"Most of them are coming back. We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final [Community Shield] so we have to adapt," he said.

"Some of them are coming back before, some are coming back after the final.

"We need players for the final but if they are not coming back we'll play with the guys who are here.

"It is not an ideal situation, we prefer to be together but it is the same for Niko Kovac [Bayern manager] or for the other managers - the calendar is the calendar so we have to adapt."

Guardiola spent three years in Munich and insisted his spell in Germany was like a "dream" - even if he failed to win the Champions League.

"I have a better perspective now that I am looking back at my time there and it's always positive," he said.

"In three years there are good and bad moments. The dream is to win the Champions League. We were close.I still have friends and an apartment there.

"I will never have a bad word to say about Bayern.

"It was a dream, an important part of my life and I have no regrets about what happened there."