Pep Guardiola opens up on Man City’s transfer plans following FFP ban

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is not expecting a busy summer after his club were banned from European competitions for the next two seasons.

City have been suspended from European competition by UEFA for two years as a result of alleged Financial Fair Play rule breaches.

They have also been fined £25m though the decision is subject to an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

There have been suggestions that the ban could mean a number of top names leave the Etihad with Guardiola also expected to find it difficult to bring players to the club without Champions League football.

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And Guardiola is not thinking too far ahead just yet with the next transfer window opening in the summer.

Asked by Sky Sports News whether he expects this summer to be busy, Guardiola said: "I don't think so. I don't think so because today it is so difficult to change the players because they are so expensive and it is not easy.

"The club must [also] be sustainable, I understand completely and in the situation that we are in we have to wait [not] anticipate.

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“Our idea right now with the situation with Financial Fair Play [is] when we are going to appeal.

"Right now we have to wait. So we are going to play these three months and when the season finishes we will see what the situation is.

“And with the club, together, we are going to decide what is best – not just for the next year, but for the next two, three, four years for the club.

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"I think the club is working as though nothing has changed, nothing has happened and the players have to play like they have done all of these seasons [under me] in the same way.

Asked if he is still planning for Champions League, the City boss added: "Yeah absolutely. We believe we are going to be there.

"What we have to do is to do our job and play like we have done these seasons and then after that [we will see]."

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