Do Man City need to sign a defender in January? Demichelis suggests not

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The former Blues star sees no reason for the club to dip into the winter market despite seeing John Stones and Vincent Kompany suffer fitness issues

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no need to sign a new defender in January, says Martin Demichelis.

Plans for the winter window are in the process of being drawn up by clubs across the Premier League, with one final opportunity to add in 2017-18 set to present itself.

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City could be tempted to splash the cash again on the back of a big-spending summer, with suggestions that reinforcements could be sought at the back.

John Stones has picked up a hamstring injury which is set to keep him out for up to six weeks, while club captain Vincent Kompany has struggled with fitness issues once again this season.

Former Blues star Demichelis is, however, of the opinion that Guardiola already has enough options at his disposal, telling Sky Sports News: "It's only my opinion but, given the size of that squad, there is no need for them to rush out and buy someone to replace Stones for the short term.

"Pep is there with the squad every day and he knows the current situation within the team and training. He'll make the decision but I think Manchester City can cover that."

Stones was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala after being forced off against Leicester.

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The England international lasted just 31 minutes of a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.

Mangala was made available for transfer over the summer, having spent last season on loan at Valencia, but could now have an important role to play.

He and Kompany will be competing to partner Nicolas Otamendi, with it possible that Guardiola could require centre-half cover for Stones throughout the hectic festive period.

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