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Football Leaks Makes Shock Claims About Deal That Took Pep Guardiola To Manchester City

Pep Guardiola reportedly signed a deal to take over at Manchester City nine months before it was made official
Pep Guardiola reportedly signed a deal to take over at Manchester City nine months before it was made official

The latest Football Leaks revelations have once again turned the spotlight on Manchester City, reporting that Pep Guardiola signed a deal at the Etihad Stadium nine months before he took over.

In the same report, it states that City's owner Sheikh Mansour has only attended one game in 10 years - a 3-0 win over Liverpool. 

Guardiola left Bayern Munich after three years at the end of the 2015/16 season, taking over at City on July 1, 2016. But according to a report by Football Leaks printed in German outlet Der Spiegel, Guardiola's contract is actually dated October 2015. He was confirmed as the new City boss on February 1 with Manuel Pellegrini scheduled to step down at the end of the season. Bayern revealed on December 20 that Carlo Ancelotti was going to replace the former Barcelona boss.

When the initial deal was signed in October 2015, both Guardiola and City made no public comment on the agreement.  

It is not the first time that Manchester City have been called out by the Football Leaks reports. The club have also been cited in several Financial Fair Play allegations which Guardiola was asked about in yesterday's press conference ahead of the Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, saying: "What I can say personally is of course I trust a lot with the club and what they have done.

"And of course we want to follow the rules, whether UEFA, FIFA or the Premier League. They do what we have to do. Believe me, I am completely honest. I don't know what happened because I am a manager. I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.

"About the business, about how they handled this kind of situation, I am completely out (of that). But I am part of the club and support the club absolutely and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules."

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 3: Recruiting Pep Guardiola - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 3: Recruiting Pep Guardiola - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
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