We will not buy Kevin De Bruyne replacement, says Pellegrini

Gautam Sudev / 29 January 2016
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Manuel Pellegrini reveals that Manchester City are not in the transfer market for the replacement of Kevin De Bruyne, who is currently sidelined due to injury. The Manchester City coach also said that the club have also coped fare with injuries to talismanic players including David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

The Belgium international suffered a medial knee ligament injury during the club’s emphatic win against Everton on last Saturday. His injury has damaged the morale of the Manchester club who are challenging for Premier League glory.

“We knew after the game it was a serious injury – not a season-ending injury as it was not a cruciate. But an important injury and will be out for eight to 10 weeks,” Pellegrini said, emphasizing that the player could return before the end of the season, and will be huge boost for the team when the hunt for title will be red-hot.

“It is important for the club not to play with Kevin. We must continue playing with the whole squad if we want to be a competitive team.” The Chilean coach added.

“It is one less important player but we must continue with optimism and give responsibility to the squad. It is not our intention to bring in anyone in January. In some moments we couldn’t play with Sergio or David and now we play without Kevin.”

Manchester are currently troubled by the que of player in the injury list which includes club captain Vincent Kompany and other star players like Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Mangala, Kolarov- only being a few.

The manage,r who is rumoured to be replaced by Pep Guardiola, also spoke about the club’s run which mathematically claims Manchester City can still win four competitions they are playing.

“I do not know if it is realistic or not but we are not thinking about that – just about Villa, then the next game. It is important to continue being involved in all competitions and to show you’re a strong team in all of them.”

Manchester City will battle it out with Aston Villa in the fourth round of FA Cup, and are currently sitting second on the Premier League table, two points down to leaders Leicester City and level on points with fellow title contenders, Arsenal.

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