Manchester City round-up: FFP investigation dismissed; Kompany on contract talks; European squad announced
In the breaking news of the day, BBC Sport report that Manchester City won’t be investigated by UEFA over financial fair play rules after their business this summer window exceeded £200 million.
There had been calls this morning by La Liga, as reported by the Mirror, for the Blues to be investigated concerning breaches of the financial fair play rules as a result of their spending spree.
However, UEFA have dismissed these claims and insisted that they won’t be opening a case against Manchester City. An official UEFA statement read:
“There is no investigation into Manchester City with regards to FFP regulations. Any reports mentioning such an investigation are unsubstantiated.”
UEFA have already opened a formal investigation against French side Paris Saint-Germain for their exploits this summer after the £200 million signing of Neymar and potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe.
In other news, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has insisted that he isn’t worrying about whether he will be awarded a new contract at the Etihad once his current deal runs out in two years.
The Belgian international – who has been in Manchester since arriving from German side Hamburg nearly ten years ago – has struggled with injuries in recent years and only returned to action in April.
But despite his lack of regular football he played a huge part in securing Champions League football for this season, leading City to four clean sheets and five wins in the space of seven top-flight games.
And speaking to the Manchester Evening News about his future, he said: “I’ve given myself the obligation to not think about anything regarding future contracts until my present contract is up.
“I’m really easy in my relationship with the club. It’s that good, there won’t be any panic on their side or my side. Let’s get the most out of these two years with City and international level and let’s see where we are at – no stress.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had been on the look-out for a new central defender in the summer window just gone to strengthen his options, but his attempts to secure West Brom’s Jonny Evans failed.
And lastly, Guardiola has announced his 21-man squad for City’s upcoming Champions League clashes with Dutch champions Feyenoord and Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk later this month.
The Blues were handed a favourable passage to the knock-out stages following the draw for the group stages in August, avoiding the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
And the Spaniard’s first Champions League squad of the season hasn’t thrown up too many surprises, with want-away defender Eliaquim Mangala the only slightly unexpected name included.
To see the full list of players, see the Manchester Evening News’ list here.
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