Guardiola says he would leave Manchester City if club hierarchy lied to him

  • Manager has always publicly backed his bosses at the Etihad
  • ‘I said to them, if you lie to me, the day after I am not here’

Pep Guardiola says he would quit Manchester City if he felt the club’s hierarchy ever lied to him. The Spaniard has always backed his bosses publicly and put his faith in them, even when the club was given a two-year ban from European competitions by Uefa for alleged financial fair play breaches, a suspension that was eventually overturned by the court of arbitration for sport.

“Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them,” Guardiola said. “When they are accused of something I ask them: ‘Tell me about that.’ They explain and I believe them. I said to them: ‘If you lie to me, the day after I am not here. I will be out and I will not be your friend any more. I put my faith in you because I believe you 100% from day one and I defend the club because of that.’

“When you put something here [sponsor] it’s overpaid, but other [clubs] the money comes from the USA but the money is correct, even if it’s higher. We have to deal with that, we have to fight with that. As always I am a big fan to support this organisation, no doubt.”

He added: “It’s a situation in 2012 or 2013, I was still in Barcelona, most of the people running that are not here now, but of course I would not like it. What I like is to represent a club who do things properly [and] well. It’s not about winning the Champions League and the Premier League, we want to do well for our people and our fans.”

City are looking to pick themselves up after their dramatic European exit in midweek against Real Madrid in the game against Newcastle . A win at the Etihad would take Guardiola one step closer to winning his fourth Premier League title in six seasons in charge. City have been criticised for failing to win the Champions League during Guardiola’s reign, a record that is threatening to overshadow the club’s domestic achievements in that time.

“The Premier League is the work daily, the father and the mother wake up every morning to go to work, to bring food home, the day after day after day, this is the Premier League and I like it a lot, especially because we are fighting an extraordinary team in the last three or four years and I feel we push them and they push us to our limits, being there it’s fantastic.”


Will Unwin

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