Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has stated that if the club had lied to him about Financial Fair Play (FFP) charges, he would have left the club.
Guardiola has steadfastly defended the Premier League champions against allegations that they broke FFP guidelines by engaging in unlawful sponsorship arrangements with the club’s Abu Dhabi owners.
He has now stated that during a difficult discussion with senior authorities, he threatened to walk out.
“Every word I’ve said in all of my conferences, even if people don’t believe me, I’ve stated because I honestly, truly believe it.”
“I defend the individuals and the club because I work with them,” the City manager explains. “When I ask if there are any suspicions or if our guys have done something, I tell them to ‘inform me.’
“If you lie to me, the next day I’m not here, I’m out, and you’re no longer my friend,” I told them. But when I look at them, I trust them completely from the start. As a result, I stand up for the club.