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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'Winning quadruple is impossible'

30 January 2018

City's interest had therefore cooled before they circled back to the former France Under 19 captain amid complications with other targets.

The Daily Star is reporting that the two Manchester clubs remain keen on signing the 24-year-old midfielder, who now plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Aymeric Laporte on Monday announced he was leaving Athletic Bilbao with Premier League leaders Manchester City primed to break their transfer record to sign the French defender. The lavishly gifted Brazilian brought the house down with a goal on his debut against Chelsea - City eventually lost 3-1 - and produced some magical moments on his way to 15 goals in 2008-09.

The 23-year-old stylish defender was accompanied by his partner Sara Botello as they left the Radisson Blue hotel in Manchester city centre.

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With a deal for Aymeric Laporte close to completion, manager will make academy graduate Adarabioyo available for loan. Stones made the most of this support with a string of stunning displays until a hamstring injury struck in November. In every season at the club, barring an injury-hit 2012-13, he has topped the scoring charts and in November became City's all-time leading scorer. It will give the defender half a season to settle in his new team before his preseason training and it gives City their much-needed back-up for the remaining three-and-a-half months as they fight for trophies on four fronts. Add to this his aerial prowess and he should have few problems adjusting to the Premier League. He was already so pivotal and Guardiola's shrewd decision to move De Bruyne into a slightly deeper midfield role has established him as City's beating heart.

The knives were out for the manager, with many seemingly taking great delight in telling Guardiola that his idea of how to play football might work in Spain or Germany, but that fancy "pass-it-from-the-back" malarkey wouldn't work in England.

His release clause was 50 million euros at the time.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'Winning quadruple is impossible'