Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City barely a week after European football's governing body UEFA announced Manchester City will be banned for the next two champions league season and fined 25 million pounds for alleged breach of Financial fair play rules.
Reports suggested that Guardiola might leave the club due to the ban which can cause sale of his star players due to the fact his club will be working with a lower budget for the next two seasons but the Catalan has now come out to give his unwavering commitment to the club while also saying he believed the ban will be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
‘I’m confident that we’ll play in Europe next season. I’m pretty sure we’ll defend our position,’ Guardiola said after beating West Ham on Wednesday night.
‘If they don’t sack me, I will stay here more than ever. I want to stay longer than the contract that I have. I want to help the club grow and maintain this level for as long as possible. Why should I leave?’
‘It’s not finished, it’s not over,’ Guardiola said. ‘You fight no matter what and the club is going to do that. There are two sides. The club say it is not true. I love this club.’
Guardiola also blasted his former boss, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who thanked UEFA for following through with Financial Fair Play punishments.
‘If they are happy we are suspended, I say to the president of Barcelona, give us two appeals,’ the City boss said.
‘I ask right now the people trust what they have done. “Don’t talk too loud Barcelona,” that is my advice because everybody is involved in situations. We are going to appeal and hopefully in the future we can play in the Champions League against Barcelona.’