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Pep Guardiola provides update on Ferran Torres

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are close to completing a deal with Barcelona for the transfer for Ferran Torres.

Guardiola suggested the two clubs have reached an agreement, but the City boss is waiting for confirmation from Director of Football Txiki Begiristain that negotiations have been finalised.

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Torres has been out since October due to a metatarsal injury suffered on international duty and Guardiola has ruled out signing a striker in January should the Spaniard depart.

“We are not going to bring in a striker,” he said at his press conference ahead of City’s game against Leicester.

“I hear it was very close but I have not heard from my club that it is already done, nothing official.

“They are negotiating. When the club confirm, it’s done, but Txiki didn’t say to me it’s done.”

A legendary figure at Barcelona, Guardiola acknowledged players find it difficult to turn down both the Catalan giants and their great rivals, Real Madrid.

And the 50-year-old admitted he did not try to convince Torres to stay when the 21-year-old informed him of his desire to leave the Club.

Guardiola wants his players to be happy and says, providing a deal which suits all parties can be struck, the Club will not stand in the way of anyone who wants to leave.

“I always have the feeling when FC Barcelona and Real Madrid knock on the door it’s hard to say no,” he added.

“In terms of fashion and cities and many reasons.

“When he knocked on my door and said he wants to leave, I said leave.

“I want happiness in my players. If you are not happy, you have to leave. We are not a club where presidents and CEOs say 'no you have to stay'.

“The players and clubs have to agree, this is business, but if the player wants to leave, they go.

“It’s not just Ferran, it’s everyone. If you want to leave because you will be happier in another place, you have to go.

“The career for a football player is short. If he wants to leave, and the clubs have an agreement, I am happy for him.”

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