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Pep Guardiola tells Sky Sports News he believes Manchester City face a difficult summer window due to inflated transfer fees and their prospective two-season Champions League ban
Pep Guardiola fears the impact of Manchester City’s proposed Champions League ban as well as the spiralling costs for players will hinder his summer transfer plans.
John Stones, Leroy Sane Ilkay Gundogan and Claudio Bravo were among arrivals at the Etihad Stadium when Guardiola took over as the club’s manager in the summer of
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But the transfer landscape is different now for City with the club suspended from European competition by UEFA for two years as a result of alleged Financial Fair Play rule breaches.
The club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano says the allegations “are simply not true”, with City planning to appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
(Asked by) (Sky Sports News) whether he expects this summer to be as busy on the transfer front a s his first summer at City, Guardiola said: “I don’t think so. I don’t think so because today it is so difficult to change the players because they are so expensive and it is not easy.
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- “The club must [also] be sustainable, I understand completely and in the situation that we are in we have to wait [not] anticipate. Our idea right now with the situation with Financial Fair Play [is] when we are going to appeal.
“Right now we have to wait. So we are going to play these three months and when the season finishes we will see what the situation is. And with the club, together, we are going to decide what is best – not just for the next year , but for the next two, three, four years for the cub. “
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Guardiola admitted the uncertainty surrounding the club’s Champions League future makes planning for the summer harder but says he still expects City to play in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
“I think the club is working as though nothing has changed, nothing has happened and the players have to play like they have done all of these seasons [under me] in the same way, “Guardiola added.
Asked if he is still planning for Champions League, the City boss said: “Yeah absolutely. We believe we are going to be there.
“What we have to do is to do our job and play like we have done these seasons and then after that [we will see]. “
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Guardiola not ruling out signing new City deal Guardiola, meanwhile, has not ruled out signing a new long-term contract at City.
The – year -old insisted earlier in the week he would stay and “fight” for the club even if their two-year ban from European football is upheld.
Guardiola said he expected to talk with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak about his future ”at the end of the season, or in the middle of next season, and we will see “.
” My happiness. I’m looking for my happiness, that’s the only thing I’m looking for, “Guardiola said after joking he would be staying in Manchester for the weather.
“Everyone is looking for that, to be happy with what they do.
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