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Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to build bridges with UEFA after Financial Fair Play row

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to begin building bridges with UEFA following a bitter legal dispute over Financial Fair Play.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s two-year Champions League suspension on appeal, while fining the club £9million for obstructing the initial investigation.

Al Mubarak believes the two parties can start afresh after holding positive talks with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin last month.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants to begin building bridges with UEFA

Al Mubarak held positive talks with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (pictured) last month
Al Mubarak held positive talks with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (pictured) last month

‘Life is too short to carry grudges,’ he said. ‘It was a challenge (and) it’s behind us – end of story. I am focused on how I can help this club compete in this competition and win it and how to have a constructive relationship with UEFA. I think it’s the only way to go.

‘It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sport and it is a competition we want to win. It is a competition we have to respect in order to win.’

City have never progressed beyond the quarter-final stage under Pep Guardiola, however, and questions were asked about the manner of their galling 3-1 defeat by Lyon in Lisbon.

Pep Guardiola faced questions after City were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon

Pep Guardiola faced questions after City were knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon

But the club's hierarchy will back their manger so he can strengthen his squad for next season
 But the club’s hierarchy will back their manger so he can strengthen his squad for next season

Guardiola knows his squad needs tweaks and, having already landed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, is intent on signing additional faces before the transfer window closes in October.

The City hierarchy will give their manager the required funds to strengthen and are in the market for another central defender.

‘When we look at what changes or improvements we have to make for this squad, we going to make them,’ Al Mubarak added. ‘We’ll be sensible and pragmatic about it but we will do what it takes.

‘Nothing is set in stone. We clearly have a way of doing business in terms of targets that are well defined but at the same time, we’re pragmatic enough to take the opportunity if that opportunity comes up.’

The club have already signed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake with more signings set to follow
The club have already signed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake with more signings set to follow

Guardiola has identified Napoli’s 29-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly as the man to partner Aymeric Laporte and Al Mubarak confirmed City have no qualms signing players out of their preferred age profile of between 20 and 25.

‘If you look at the acquisitions we have made over the past couple of years, there’s a consistency in the type of player we have targeted in terms of age and quality,’ he said.

‘I don’t like to box myself in, because sometimes opportunities come up that fit with what the manager wants and with what we need for the squad that might be out of that box. If that’s the case, we’re pragmatic enough to make that move.’

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