Coach Pep Guardiola wants to stay at his club after the European Football Union (UEFA) banned Manchester City for two years. “Whatever happens, I will be here next season,” Guardiola told Sky Sports after the 2-0 (1-0) win over relegation-threatened West Ham United in the Premier League quarter-finals.
“Why should I go? I said I love this club, that I want to be here – why should I go there?” said the Spaniard after the match. The 49-year-old also expressed optimism that the final word had not yet been said in the case. “We are optimistic that the truth will win in the end and we will be in the Champions League next season,” he said. The former Bayern Guardiola coach’s contract at Manchester City runs until 2021.
City director Ferran Soriano also made the comments before the game. On the club’s website, he denied that the club had received illegal donations from Arab investors. “These allegations are simply not true. “The owner did not put any money into the club that was not properly reported,” Soriano said. The city will take the International Arbitration Tribunal for Sport to Cas.
UEFA’s independent financial control body, the CFCB, excluded City from all European Cup competitions for the next two seasons last Friday. In addition, the association was fined 30 million euros. UEFA’s investigation was launched in cooperation with the research partners of the EIC network following the revelations about football leaks by SPIEGEL.