In-demand Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong wants to make a decision on his future quickly amid ongoing speculation.

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is optimistic about his team's chances of winning silverware this season as their squad nears a return to full strength.

City are eyeing another Premier League title, are set to reach the EFL Cup final and remain in contention in the Champions League and FA Cup.

Kevin De Bruyne has missed most of the season due to a knee injury, while Benjamin Mendy is nearing a return.

Silva believes the return to fitness of some of his team-mates will give City a boost, with their title rivals Liverpool and Tottenham facing problems on the injury front.

"It feels like we have all the squad which is important because we need all of them," the Portuguese playmaker told UK newspapers.

"It is good finally to be back together and of course until now, until this moment of the season we have had so many injured players. 

"We never played with the whole squad so to have almost the whole squad available is fantastic for us and it is very good to try and go for all the competitions."

City are four points adrift of leaders Liverpool ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola insisted Ederson's sweeper style is valuable to Manchester City, despite the goalkeeper's antics in Monday's 3-0 Premier League win over Wolves.

Ederson was briefly involved in City's midfield against Wolves as the Premier League champions moved within four points of leaders Liverpool.

The Brazil international rushed out of his box to win the ball before exchanging passes with City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan just inside the halfway line at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola, however, was not concerned post-match, telling reporters:  "I'm so pleased because he stays high [Ederson], the keeper has to defend our back four, in front with the long balls he's perfect.

"Adama [Traore] is maybe the fastest player I've ever seen in my life. It was good, he makes a decision, maybe he must be more precise, but the ball is out, no problem. But if you handle the risk, it's not easy.

"When he helps to do that, we play better, our build up is better, our midfielders get the ball in better conditions. Ederson, we love him the way he is, that's why it's not a problem."

Guardiola's City travel to manager-less Huddersfield Town, who sacked David Wagner, on Sunday.

Nuno Espirito Santo felt Willy Boly deserved to be sent off during Wolves' 3-0 Premier League defeat away to Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool's fixtures in the Premier League title race.

Pep Guardiola believes some Manchester City players will feel he makes "unfair" decisions if they are left out of the team.

Kyle Walker says it was a reality check to be dropped by Manchester City.

Gabriel Jesus scored a brace as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 at home to cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League back to four points.

David Silva is set to break a Manchester City record after being named captain for Monday's Premier League game at home to Wolves.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the Premier League champions cannot compete with LaLiga powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid in the transfer market.

City have been linked with 21-year-old Ajax and Netherlands sensation Frenkie de Jong, who is also the subject of interest from Barca, Madrid and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Guardiola did not reference De Jong but conceded City face a difficult task beating Barca and Madrid when it comes to transfers.

"If you are the only one who want players it's easy. But if you want one and many, many clubs want him it's more complicated, especially if it's Madrid or Barcelona," Guardiola told reporters.

"Normally when you are involved with Madrid and Barcelona you are going to lose. You have to be quicker and more efficient.

"But I'm not talking about the case of the Ajax player because he is an Ajax player. There are many players, not just one if it doesn't happen."

City - who are second in the Premier League behind Liverpool ahead of Monday's clash against Wolves - have also been linked with Ruben Neves to provide cover for holding midfielder Fernandinho.

Wolves midfielder and Portugal international Neves has impressed following the club's promotion, however, Guardiola insisted City cannot afford the 21-year-old amid talk of a £100million fee.

Guardiola added: "Fernandinho's role, it's so difficult to find [a similar player]. He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that's so important. But, of course, for the next season it's an important target to find. He'll be 34 and he cannot play every few days.

"A month ago, I started reading 'Ruben Neves, £100m.' That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options – depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price.

"Our wage bill for the players is eighth or ninth or 10th in Europe, so there are eight or nine clubs where the wages are higher than what Manchester City pay. We try to be stable in everything.

"When we spent a lot last season, it was because the team was old – it was 30-31 years old and that's why we did it. But we cannot do it every season. We have a limit and cannot spend more so that's why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve."

Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne "knows where I am" if he has a problem with having been substituted in Manchester City's thrashing of Burton Albion on Wednesday.

Jamaica-born Manchester City star has offered words of encouragement to a young British fan that has struggled with facing racial abuse.

The plight of the 13-year-old Manchester City fan was brought to the attention of the Sterling by his grandmother.

 According to the letter penned to the England international, the concerned matriarch revealed Ethan Ross, a young goalkeeper in the under-14s team at Newport County, had been badly affected after suffering abuse from bullies in Newport last year.

"Dear Ethan, I have recently been told from your loving Nanna Sue about the tough time you are having with racial abuse," wrote Sterling, quoted by BBC Sport.

"Stand tall, don't let them take away your courage. You are strong and very brave and your nanna is also very proud of you. Keep being you kid."

Sterling has himself been the target of racial abuse.  Most recently the league suspended four Chelsea supporters who abused the Manchester City winger during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is wary his team's momentum may be stalled by Wolves on Monday night.

Roberto Firmino has stressed the importance of Liverpool bouncing back at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday following consecutive defeats to start 2019.

Ederson says Manchester City treated their crunch clash with Liverpool as "a matter of life or death".

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