Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City will not make any new signings in the January transfer window, even though their squad strength has been exposed by injuries to key defenders in recent weeks.
City failed to replace captain Vincent Kompany after his departure to Anderlecht last summer, with a long-term injury to first-choice centre-back Aymeric Laporte the absence of John Stones leaving City short of numbers in their defensive ranks.
Yet Guardiola is not expecting to spend big in a bid to reshape his defensive options, as he suggested he was ready to give youth team players a chance to shine in his first team.
"In January we are not going to buy because we don't have money to pay a huge amount in the summer so we cannot do it in winter," he stated.
"We are going to stick to the players we have, with (Taylor) Harwood-Bellis and Eric (Garcia) and with the new players in the academy. We have young, talented players and we can count on them.
"Vinny (Kompany) was an incredible personality and he was incredibly helpful to me and the whole club, but he decided to go to Anderlecht and we have to move forward. That is what it is and so far, it has been perfect."
Guardiola also suggested his side were not rattled by their surprise 3-2 defeat against Norwich earlier this month, with their 8-0 win against Watford last weekend confirming their defensive woes can be overcome.
"We knew our game at Norwich wasn't so bad," he added. "Sometimes in football, you lose games but the reaction was similar to the reaction in the last years, it was good.
"I know for some people, the result is all that matters. It usually matters because you can have a job for the next season, that's why the results are important but what makes me realise who we are and where we are going for the future is the way we play.
"From the beginning of my career, I'm always concerned with the way we played. That will give us the confidence to be strong as a team."