Pep Guardiola has urged the Premier League to speed up its handling of the case against Manchester City after it caused confusion over his intention to stay at the club.
The manager, who called for a verdict ‘this afternoon’ or ‘tomorrow’, insisted he would continue next season even if more than 100 charges remain unresolved after raising doubts over his future when asked if he could leave if the treble was won.
The charges relate to alleged financial wrongdoing and were dismissed by the city. They were brought in in February and there is no time frame for the case – although Guardiola spoke of ‘two years’ on Tuesday.
City retained the Premier League title on Sunday and will claim the treble if they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Internazionale in the Champions League final next month. Guardiola, who is under contract until the summer of 2025, was asked if he could resign if the treble was claimed.
“At the moment I don’t think about leaving but who knows, but I don’t think [about this],” he said. “I would like to continue here next season regardless of the results. I would like it but I don’t know what it will give – win or lose both chances [finals] we have before us. My feeling is that I have a contract and when I sign I want to respect the club.
He then clarified that he would stay if, as expected, the Premier League deal was not completed. “I will stay next season when there are 110 breaches against us. Don’t worry, we’ll be there. What I would like is for the Premier League and the judges to be able to do something as soon as possible. Then if we’ve done something wrong, everyone will know about it, and if we’re the way we believe as a club – for many years in the right way – then people will stop talking about it.
” We would like [decision] tomorrow, this afternoon better than tomorrow. We would be delighted. I hope they’re not too busy and the judges can see both sides and decide what’s best because at the end of the day I know pretty well that what we’ve won, we’ve got won on the field. We have no doubts.
Guardiola denied any frustration over the case. “We accept that he is there. If it happened, it happened. It was the same with UEFA [a two-year ban from European competition which was overturned by the court of arbitration for sport] and now the Premier League. [But] let’s go: 24 hours [if possible] be seated and lawyers present. Don’t wait two years. Why not do it faster? Let’s do it as soon as possible for the benefit of all.
“But I know there are many cases around the world and maybe they are so busy. Hopefully they can do it as soon as possible. We want to defend our principles and if people doubt, OK, let’s go, please do it as soon as possible.
Last week, City reportedly launched a legal battle against the charges, challenging the legality of the investigation and the involvement of the lawyer in charge of the disciplinary proceedings.
Guardiola was asked if he could stay for up to four years. “No no No. These two [to come] are enough.