“We are quite lucky to have found Nacho because [Kieran] Gibbs got injured for four to six weeks and we found in 48 hours a player of that calibre… you have to give me at least that credit. I know that I don’t get a lot but that is true.
“I said yesterday, give me Manchester United, who did they buy? Chelsea, who did they buy? Liverpool bought. Man City didn’t buy – for one single reason. [For] the top, top, top clubs, it’s difficult to strengthen your team in the middle of the season.
“I would have loved to take somebody else but… we were everywhere. In the African Cup of Nations the best player is Gervinho. It’s simple. Why should we go there when the best player is Gervinho? We already have Gervinho.”