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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola responds when asked about Newcastle United takeover

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told his press conference – as per MEN – that he is happy for the Newcastle fans, after last week’s takeover.

Having failed to get a deal over the line back in 2020, the Saudi-backed group finally pushed through a £305million move, ousting Mike Ashley.

However, there are critics. The Saudi Arabia Public Invesment Fund owns 80%, but have links with the country itself – digging up human rights issues.

Piracy issues between BeIN Sports and Saudi Arabia have been resolved after more than four years. So, a deal finally went through last week.

Asked about the takeover and whether he had any views regarding the criticism that has followed, Guardiola gave his verdict on the takeover.

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“Looks like Newcastle fans are happy. It’s a business took over the club and the people are happy. I’m far away from why the decision was made.”

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Guardiola on Newcastle takeover: Should Manchester City be worried?

Every Premier League club apart from Newcastle voiced their frustration at a recent meeting with the league – which left Newcastle off the call.

So clearly, Manchester City are not happy a deal has gone through. However, of all the clubs, City are probably the least likely to be annoyed.

They are probably the club furthest away from Newcastle in terms of form and stature on the pitch. That, but also because Man City have money.

City have untold amounts of it – so while Newcastle have cash, they have just as much in terms of how much they are allowed to spend, with FFP.

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