Pep Guardiola responds to 'Football Leaks' regarding Man City's finances


Leaked documents have claimed City had secret talks with former UEFA boss Gianni Infantino to help them out with Financial Fair Play, that Sheikh Mansour has been funding Abu Dhabi sponsors himself to pour money into City, and that City (and other English giants) have been involved in discussions to form a European Super League.

City have yet to comment on the latest accusations but on Monday they repeated the statement they issued last week, defending their position and referring to "out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people".

The official response from City to Der Spiegel's request for comment remains, "The attempt to damage the Club's reputation is organised and clear".

"The Football Leaks documents [in der Spiegel] appear to confirm what we have been saying for years".

David Frommer, spokesman for the European Club Association, said the organisation had "full trust in UEFA's organs of control in holding clubs to account".

Der Spiegel allege that, under Soriano's leadership, City came up with a scheme that "allowed for numerous operational costs to be shifted either fully or partially away from the club".

City manager Pep Guardiola was asked about the claims at a press conference to preview Wednesday's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.

"If people say it's just about money we accept it, but that point of view is completely wrong", said Guardiola.

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Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano (right) said City needed to fight FFP "in a way that is not visible or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football", according to Der SpiegelWhat punishments did Man City suffer?

Af for the FFP complaints, he stuck to the club's version: "I am part of the club and I support them completely".

"I am inside now for the past three years and I would say of course like many, many clubs around the world there is a lot of money, but they are an incredible club".

'If you want to buy your way into football heaven, you can't let a few rules get in the way'.

Guardiola added that City "have to live with" suggestions they have bought their success. This a company of which Der Spiegel claims the ownership is "well hidden", explaining, 'The path first leads to a British straw-man company, then to the British Virgin Islands and finally to the Rowland family trust'.

"After dropping points against Lyon, every game is a final".

"We work every day but the reality is that we don't start matches well, but if we don't start well and we end well, that's fine".