Pep Guardiola has ruled out any chance of a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe insisting “that is not going to happen.”
Reports suggested that Manchester City were planning a £200 million move for the World Cup-winning striker with the French champions potentially facing Financial Fear Play issues.
“That is not going to happen,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s Champions League clash with German side Hoffenheim. “Sometimes I don’t understand where that news comes from.
“Man City doesn’t have or is going to spend the money that Mbappe and PSG deserve. PSG is not going to sell this kind of player to any other sort of club in the next years, I guess. So that is not going to happen.
Mbappe is not going to come here and we are not going to swap Raheem [Sterling] or any other top player that we have.
“People should be more respectful of PSG, respectful of Manchester City, for the players from PSG, for the players from Man City, they should have more respect.
“Of course I am the second person to know exactly which players are targets, which players I want to sell or something like that. But it is what it is.”
The City manager will have striker Sergio Aguero available for Tuesday’s crucial game with Hoffenheim despite the Argentine still suffering from a heel problem, which has troubled him in recent weeks.
Kevin De Bruyne returned to full training on Monday morning as he continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury but the trip to the Bundesliga side has come too early for the midfielder. Meanwhile, injured full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph were also left behind.
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