Manchester City trusts that Pep Guardiola and his stars STAY despite a two-year European ban, as Raheem Sterling becomes the first player to publicly commit his future to the club amid the interest of Real Madrid
- The leaders of Manchester City believe that Pep Guardiola and his stars remain involved
- Guardiola addressed the team on Saturday and encouraged them to stay focused
- The future of City is unclear after a two-year ban on the Champions League was imposed
- The Premier League champions appeal to the Arbitration Court for Sport
- Raheem Sterling became the first player to publicly commit his future to City
The leaders of Manchester City believe that Pep Guardiola and his players remain committed to the club despite their two-year ban on the Champions League.
Guardiola addressed his team before training on Saturday and urged them to stay focused on the Champions League clash with Real Madrid for a week on Wednesday.
The future of City in the competition is unclear after UEFA has pronounced a two-year ban between 2012 and 2016 for violating Financial Fair Play rules.
The leaders of Manchester City believe that Pep Guardiola and his players remain committed to the club
The Premier League champions are planning to contest the verdict. Their appeal has been brought to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and competing clubs want this process to be speeded up to provide clarity.
Raheem Sterling has become the first City Star to publicly commit his future to the club. Real Madrid is already associated this summer with a mega-money movement for England. Sterling, however, does not want the uncertainty about the European future of City to affect its business end of the season.
Aidy Ward, who represents Sterling since the player was in school, told it Sportsmail: “Raheem is focused solely on Manchester City and is not currently distracted by transfers.”
The news comes as a huge boost for Guardiola, who must have Sterling committed to the club and want to be in shape if City has a chance to lift the European Cup this season.
Raheem Sterling has become the first City Star to publicly commit his future to the club
Guardiola is also expected to be ready to honor its deal, despite keeping a pause clause
Guardiola is supposed to be ready to honor his deal until the end of next year, despite the fact that there is a pause clause in his contract at the end of this season.
The vote during Saturday’s training was reportedly ahead of Wednesday’s rescheduled Premier League match against West Ham.
Chief Ferran Soriano canceled a skiing holiday to attend the meeting, where he approached the following steps after the lengthy investigation by UEFA and a result that City had expected.
Players were encouraged to remain calm about their future, a message also passed on to agents.
Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are among those whose potential availability will warn the continent’s heavyweights. Only three players from the first team – Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Leroy Sane – will no longer have a contract at the end of next season.
Three City stars are without contract at the end of the season, including Sergio Aguero
David Silva has announced his intention to leave Etihad in June, while 14 of the team have three or more years left over to their existing deals after a series of extensions. Guardiola had hoped to freshen up the team next summer, with at least four signing sessions, and talked to sports director Txiki Begiristain about the prospect of a commotion.
The extent of this is probably determined by City’s appeal to CAS.
Premier League clubs await the outcome of City’s appeal before deciding whether to demand that they be stripped of their 2014 title. A number of topoutfits remained tight in the mouth when they were approached by Sportsmail on Sunday, in what City could read as an ominous attitude.
There is also the disturbing specter of legal claims – the after-punishment punished afterwards by the Premier League – of those who have missed the Champions League football in one place during the relevant period.