What Pep Guardiola Said About Man City’s FFP Allegations

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before the match.

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Whenever the idea of massive amounts of money being pumped into football clubs comes into question, it is names like PSG and Manchester City that come into the fray. Both Gulf-backed clubs aren’t strangers to being threatened by Financial Fair Play rules, and their patterns of spending have often been scrutinized.

However, over recent weeks, Manchester City have emerged as the subject of fresh allegations, claiming that the Premier League champions struck a deal with the UEFA to hide the true nature of their spending and not face potential UCL bans as dictated by the FFP.

City released a statement addressing those allegations, and now manager Pep Guardiola has had his say on the matter.

Speaking to the media in a press conference ahead of their UCL match against Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola first distanced himself from the business side of things by stating: “Believe me, I’m completely honest, I don’t know what happened, because I am a manager.

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“I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room. But about the business, about how they handle this kind of situation, I am completely out of that. I am part of the club, I am supporter of the club, and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules.”

He then went on to defend the club’s ‘rich’ image in an honest manner: “I think that’s been said for the last decade, so the people is saying about the club for the last decade just win because we have money.

“That is the issue always here, because to pass to stay in one level and achieve another level you need a lot of time, and of course money. When you invest more, this gap, the time reduces. And that’s normal.”

All in all, his overall outlook towards the club was interesting, as he concluded: “When I was in Catalunya, and after in Germany, always I hear, I listen to the boys, saying Manchester City has just money, just money. And we have to live with that.

“I am inside now, for the last three years. And of course, like many, many clubs around the world there they have a lot of money, but they are also an incredible club. Incredible people working here, and how professional they are in all the departments. It’s an incredibly professional club, they try to do the good things in the right why. That’s all I can say.”