Despite Manchester City now sitting seven points behind Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand, Pep Guardiola has suggested that his side don't need any help from the January transfer window. The 21-year-old helped Wolves gain promotion after signing from Porto in a £15.8 million deal in the summer of 2017 and the Portugal player has impressed in the top flight this season.
"Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said in October, "I can't guarantee that we'll be able to keep Ndombele or [Houssem] Aouar next summer".
Guardiola refused to be drawn on the chances of signing the 21-year-old Netherlands worldwide, who could cost around £70 million, but admitted it's hard to take on the La Liga giants.
"I said City publicly at the start of the season and I have said City always on Monday Night Football when I have been asked". "The blip they had over Christmas seems a long time ago already".
City have struggled to cope when they have been without Fernandinho in that position, losing both the Premier League games he missed, but the Brazilian will be 34 when next season kicks off. "We put our standards high", he says.More news: Oil prices rise amid OPEC-led output cut last week
"We have kept doing the same things we do at the bigger sides".
"But no, it is going to be Liverpool or City, they are well in front", he said. "Teams had got used to their 3-4-3 formation, so Nuno has added another option in a 3-5-2".
"Maybe there aren't many, but there are players who can play in that role".
Neves, whose Wolves side visit the Etihad on Monday, tends to play as one of two holding midfielders, whereas Fernandinho performs that role on his own in the City line-up.
"It's not easy to find the specific quality of the players", said Guardiola.More news: Tom Brady, Patriots embrace underdog role after win over Chargers
Guardiola acknowledges he can not expect Fernandinho, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, to play as much for City as he gets older, adding a solution has to be found for next season.
"Unfortunately, the first season he had a long injury, like [Benjamin] Mendy last season - and when he's fit, he's an incredible player".
That's all for this morning's Media Watch - but stay with us throughout the day as we continue to bring you all the build-up ahead of tonight's game.More news: Weekend weather: A little snow and feeling like January