GUARDIOLA REACTS TO RUMOURS LINKING MANCHESTER CITY WITH A MOVE FOR HAZARD

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With Eden Hazard yet to sign a new contract with Chelsea, rumours have now linked league leaders Manchester City with a move for the Chelsea star.

Reports claim Manchester City are willing to pay as much as £150 million for the Chelsea star. However City boss, Pep Guardiola has played down the rumours by claiming that the Citizens don’t have the budget for such a transfer.

“When you are trying to handle four competitions and such a lot of fixtures you either have to be lucky with injuries or have 22 top players to compete,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

“And at today’s prices to have 22 top players you need to find – maybe people don’t believe me – money we don’t have. City are not so different from other clubs. There are salaries we cannot pay.

“There are transfers we cannot afford. That’s why academies are so important because you must find players of your own.

“Maybe it will happen in the future but so far we have not spent £100m on one player, or £90m or £80m. We cannot pay that right now, they tell me. That is the truth.

“Of course, we have spent a lot of money, but only the same as other teams. I can assure you that we are not the only team in the world that spends money. There are many others.”

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