Pep Guardiola lauds Wolves star Ruben Neves

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has made some surprising comments in relation to the English club's position in the transfer market.

But the early days of 2019 suggest their uncharacteristic December collapse is firmly behind them. It's been that way since Matchday 1 for both, champions Manchester City and log leaders, Liverpool.

City have been linked regularly with the Portuguese midfielder, who has been one of the stars of Wolves' impressive first season back in the Premier League.

That latter victory not only all but assured City of a place in the final against Tottenham or Chelsea next month but also indicated the demanding Guardiola will not tolerate any let-up in his quest to add more silverware to the club's trophy cabinet.

Guardiola said: "A month ago I started reading "Ruben Neves, £100million".

Neves, 21, has established himself as one of the most promising central midfield players in European football since starting out at Porto and signing for Wolves in 2017.

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The pair missed the cup games against Rotherham and Burton, striker Aguero through illness and captain Kompany with a muscular problem, but are close to fitness.

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

Even long-term injury victim Benjamin Mendy is making progress and expected to return to the fold shortly.

"Sometimes we have done [business], but normally when we buy some player it's for the next five, six years and normally in this transfer window this kind of situation doesn't happen", he told a news conference ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side held City to a draw at Molineux earlier in the season and now sit ninth in the Premier League table.

He said: "He's an excellent player. There is not just one or two, there are three or four (Wolves players) and when you are exhausted, they can put on new players". "The point is that majority are under contracts".

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