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City could cope with transfer ban, insists Guardiola

17 March, 2019, 04:56 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City have enough strength in depth

Premier League champions Manchester City are to be banned from recruiting new players for the new two transfer windows, according to a report.

Last year, two players from the academy, Sierra Leone's George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18. If FIFA ban Manchester City, they will be unable to sign any player at the end of the season and could also face further fines after another FIFA probe into an apparent breach of FFP guidelines.

As reported by The Sun, football's governing body has been conducting a thorough investigation and has confirmed City have breached the rules on the transfers of minors.

Even though Davies plays in Latvia and Oduro features in the United States now, Federation Internationale de Football Association have been investigating thoroughly with the English club.

It was alleged that City had a deal in place with Nordsjaelland owner Tom Vernon that they will have first refusal over both players.

However, back in November 2015, the Premier League agreed an amnesty with clubs, during which time if they admitted to breaching rules around signing players aged between 12 and 16 then they would be given a free pass.

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A Chelsea spokesman told i: "We do not comment on speculation about confidential contracts or player-related matters".

City were drawn against Premier League rivals Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday and Guardiola knows his side will have to be at their best to control their potent attacking threat. "I don't have any more comments", Guardiola said. I was clear on my opinion.

Asked whether his squad was good enough to cope with a potential ban, he said: "It's good, the squad is really good".

"I understand your job, I answered five questions last week, I can not be the right guy. I'm concerned with my job, what will happen, will happen".

City have welcomed the UEFA investigation into allegations that the club tried to circumvent financial fair play regulations.

Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an avenue Chelsea will also explore.

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