"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players".
Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros). I congratulated him and said that I'm very happy for him, that Stoke isn't that far away and that we can see each other.
"Six players were out of contract".
Sergio Aguero has five goals in six previous opening day matches for Manchester City.
Further forward, however, the omissions in this line-up show just how much strength and depth Manchester City possess.
Four of those new players cost more than £40m but that pales into insignificance compared to the €222m (£197m) Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.
"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive".
Now the assistant manager at League One side Chesterfield, the 45-year-old was a long-serving employee at City and worked as part of the academy setup overseen by Jim Cassell.
He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back".
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nedum Onuoha, Joey Barton, Daniel Sturridge and Kieran Trippier were among a clutch of players to roll off Cassell's production line, one that kept City afloat on and - in the case of Wright-Phillips' £21million move to Chelsea in 2005 - off the field in the pre-Sheikh Mansour years. We will change one important player, it depends on who we are going to stay. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.
Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season.
"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do. The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish".
With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.
"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy". "We are here to win the games and titles". The pressure it's never a big problem.
"But he's also very humble about himself, he's also still learning the country and Premier League, and hence that's why he's brought in the level of players he has".
Even though it guarantees Champions League football once again, they will surely hope to surpass the last-16 mark this season, and avoiding a midway exit in the EFL Cup, or even a late dismissal in the FA Cup.