‘Guardiola will stay at Man City even if CL ban is upheld’

Date published: Monday 17th February 2020 11:40

Pep Guardiola will stay at Manchester City even if their two-year Champions League ban was upheld, according to Shaun Goater.

The Premier League champions are to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their punishment, which included a fine of 30million euros (£24.9million), after an investigation into accounts submitted by the club between 2012 and 2016.

While the two-year exclusion from European competition imposed by the governing body would mean a significant loss of revenue at City.

When asked if Guardiola would stay if City’s ban was upheld, Goater told Sky Sports: “I tend to take the stand that I think he will stay because the project here at City is not complete.

“Yes, the two-year ban will have an effect. But I also think outside of City, where does Pep Guardiola go?

“He was at Barcelona, he’s been to Bayern Munich and you think of Italy and other places. I don’t think Italy is as attractive as it is in the Premier League. When you see their games the crowds aren’t bouncing, there isn’t the competitiveness you get in the Premier League.

“Now you could say France or PSG is a possibility but again I feel that here is where he’d want to still continue and finish his business.”

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