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City's mega-spending is a one-off, insists Guardiola

Pep Guardiola claims there will be no immediate repeat of this summer's lavish spending at Manchester City.

City have spent more than £200m on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign. There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.

But Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. I assure you that.

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to.

"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. This group of players is going to stay for a long time at City.

"It is not just us. We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except Tottenham."

City open their Premier League campaign today with a trip to newly-promoted Brighton.

Guardiola's side have been installed as title favourites but the former Barcelona boss said: "Last season we were favourites too and finished 15 points behind.

"I saw last season how tough the league is. It will not be easy but we will travel to win the game."

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