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

Pep Guardiola meets his employer Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

I'm part of the club and I support completely the club. Without good players we can not do that.

Asked about what was reported in Der Spiegel, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said Tuesday: "Of course I trust the club, what they have done".

"Obviously you do want the atmosphere as it makes it hard for the opposition to play when you have got the atmosphere".

"In terms of undermining what we have done or not, opinions are free in those terms".

The magazine cites a sponsorship deal done with Dubai-based construction company Arabtec, which had been implicated in alleged human rights abuses in a BBC report.

Allegations In the latest allegations to plunge City into turmoil, it is alleged a risk analysis regarding a possible deal with Arabtec was carried out by executives but that, despite the report concluding a partnership with the company would have "significant potential to damage the perception and standing of the club and its owners", the club struck an agreement regardless, signing a regional contract that would be publicised only in Arab states, Russian Federation and Turkey, where there was considered to be less risk of condemnation.

"If people say it's just about that we have accept it, but my point of view is completely wrong. We work a lot in a good way".

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Guardiola insisted he was out of the loop regarding the latest allegations.

City have yet to comment and continue to refer to a statement last week in which they said the leaks constituted an "organised and clear" attempt to "damage the club's reputation".

Federation Internationale de Football Association president and former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said this week he expected UEFA to take further action if new evidence surfaced and by Thursday probes into City were looking increasingly likely. And we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules. "In the end we have to focus on what we have to do on the pitch".

The emails appear to suggest that in 2012 the club investigated avenues to avoid non-compliance of impending FFP rules under of a project known internally as "Longbow".

In the first allegations on Friday, French investigative website Mediapart claimed Gianni Infantino - the current Federation Internationale de Football Association president who was then UEFA's general secretary - had "directly negotiated" the agreement with City to reduce their 2014 fine.

He said: "I felt last season we had a great chance but we came up against Liverpool who were on fire and we had two 10 minutes of madness in the first leg which let it go for us".

Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan are in contention with Guardiola certain to have one eye on Sunday's Manchester derby.

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