Pep Guardiola: I would like to sign more English players for Manchester City

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola has said he would like to bring more English players to Manchester City when the transfer window opens.

The City coach has already started making plans for the summer, with young players top of his wanted list.

Guardiola has said he would like to bring in home-grown players, with Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose among his reported targets.

He is also reported to be an admirer of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, currently on loan at Bournemouth.

And the City boss told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Stoke City: "I would like to have English players.

"People don't believe me, but I would. But they are so expensive.

"When I was at Barcelona I liked to work with locals. When I was in Germany I liked locals, because they feel something special.

"But sometimes it is not possible -- the market is the market. That is why the club has worked with the academy for a long time, thinking about the next years."

City have exciting young talent emerging from their youth ranks and Guardiola hopes to bring those players through to the first team in future.

He has already said he expects four of five youth-team players to join the squad on their summer tour to the United States.