Guardiola not thinking about mid-season signings

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions he could look to bring in defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window.

City's defence has come under the spotlight after the past few weeks, following a disappointing run of results which has seen Guardiola's men fail to record a win in their last six fixtures.

Citizens stalwart Vincent Kompany has just recently returned from injury and question marks remain over the Belgian's ability to stay injury-free, while the form of full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna has also become a bit of a concern.

However, Guardiola insists he is not planning to make any defensive reinforcements in the January Market, as he feels there is more than enough strength in depth in the squad.

When asked if he was considering any new defensive signings, Guardiola told reporters: "No, I'm not thinking about that.

"Because when Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary come back… we know how good Pablo Maffeo was in that position, when Vincent [Kompany] can come back to play regularly for 90 minutes, we have many, many options."

He added: "I think we are defending quite well. I don't know how many we've conceded from set-pieces, I don't know how many times they win the duels in the boxes, about free kicks.

"I remember in Glasgow [against Celtic] we didn't cover the diagonals well, but in the end I think, for example, United are stronger, taller than us, with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, many, many players, and we defended quite well."

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