Man City will not buy in January, says Pellegrini

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 2:01

Manuel Pellegrini: Will field weakened team against Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he will not go into the transfer market in January.

City have been linked with moves for a number of attacking players in the January transfer window, but Pellegrini insists that he is not looking for any additions to his squad.

The Chilean manager feels his current side possesses the talent to challenge for the Premier League, and has backed 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho to step up when given the chance.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton tomorrow, Pellegrini said: “Kelechi has been involved from the first game of this season.

“He’s in the squad in that position and we have (Wilfried) Bony, we have (Raheem) Sterling, we have Kun (Aguero).

City progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend with a 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road, and Pellegrini has backed Iheanacho to replicate his impressive performance.

“It’s important for Kelechi to play like he did against Norwich,” said the 62-year-old. “He’s the answer when you ask if we’re going to buy another striker – we have Kelechi.

“The target was to continue in the FA Cup and we did it – after that, it’s always important to keep a clean sheet away – better than that, to score three goals.

“Two or three players also returned from injury like (Fabian) Delph, Fernando and (Pablo) Zabaleta so it was useful for that too.”

Pellegrini on Everton

Wednesday’s game against Roberto Martinez’s side will be the second of three matches against them this month, but Pellegrini believes the games will all be different.

“The games are not related,” said Pellegrini.

“Everton maybe will be related to Crystal Palace as we will have less than 72 hours to recover the players.

“Those two games are more linked than the other games against Everton.

“Every game is different – we must try to beat Everton tomorrow, then we think about Crystal Palace.

“We don’t know if there will be the same players, the same performance – so much can change in 15 days.

“Everton has a style of play, they’re an attacking team under Roberto. They have players in a very good moment so we must be very careful with their counter attack.

“We must try to score more goals and do more damage to their defence but also be a balanced team.

“On a good day with a normal performance, it will be a tough game, but I think we can win.”

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