Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is certain he will stay at the club beyond this season and believes the truth will prevail after City’s ban from European competition.
City have been given a 2-year Champions League ban but have since launched an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
There had been fears Guardiola and a number of top players would seek to move elsewhere if City are unsuccessful in challenging the expulsion.
“Personally, no matter what happens I will be here next season. If the club don’t sack me I will stay here 100% more than ever” said Guardiola after Wednesday’s 2-0 League win over West Ham United.
“Firstly, because I want to stay more than the contract now. It’s something special, I want to stay, I want to help the club, if it is possible, to maintain this level as much as possible. Why should I leave when I said a month ago that I love this club and I like to be here? We spoke with the players and for the next 3 months here we are going to focus on what we have to do and then we will have to see the sentence” he said.
The independent adjudicatory chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) said it found City had broken the rules by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016, adding that the club failed to cooperate in the investigation.
By Ofhani Munyai