Key duo to return for Man City trip

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

Pep Guardiola has acknowledged finding a long-term replacement for Fernandinho is becoming a matter of increasing urgency for Manchester City.

Guardiola says last season's Carabao Cup game between the two sides offered all the evidence he needed to know how strong they are.

Wolves midfielder and Portugal global Neves has impressed following the club's promotion, however, Guardiola insisted City can not afford the 21-year-old amid talk of a £100million fee.

Rui Patricio and Matt Doherty were both among the players who did not feature against the Reds last Monday, and the pair should take their place in the starting line up in this match.

Raul Jimenez shone at Wembley Stadium against Spurs recently, and he could be a key man for Wolves when they go up against Manchester City, but Santo and his men have a formula that the Premier League champions seem to struggle against, and will be looking to make the most of that style once again.

"A month ago, I started reading: 'Ruben Neves, £100 million ($129 million, 112 million euros)'". That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder.

And Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday facing a seven-point gap to leaders Liverpool, encouraged De Bruyne to speak up if there is an issue.

"The big clubs don't buy big players for just six months, and it important players are not sold in this period".

"Our wage bill for the players is eighth or ninth or 10th in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher than what Manchester City pay". We try to be stable in everything.

Gundogan's contract expires at the end of next season and City are keen to tie the 28-year-old to a new deal.

'But of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can't be there, it's hard. "We have a limit and cannot spend more so that's why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve".

"His quality is incredible". When he's close to the box, he arrives in the right tempo and the right moment to score a goal.

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