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Manchester City rivals are ‘jealous,’ says chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak

London, May 27 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/27/2019 12:07:49 PM IST

Manchester City dominated at home this season, winning the domestic treble -- the first English men’s team to do so.

In the process, it became the first club in 10 years to retain the English Premier League title.

However, success on the pitch has been marred by controversy off it -- including a UEFA investigation into allegations of unfair financial practices.

“With success, there is a certain level of jealousy, envy, whatever you call it. That’s part of the game,” Mubarak said in his season review with the club website, denying any financial wrongdoing.

“When Manchester United dominated the Premier League for many years, they know what they had to deal with for so many years. That’s part of the game. It’s not easy for our competition, we know that.”

Manager Pep Guardiola has produced a winning machine at the Etihad Stadium since joining in 2016, but Mubarak rejects suggestions the club has bought such success. Despite possessing some of the best players in the world, City does not have a single player in the top 10 most expensive signings.

“The reality is, we didn’t buy the most expensive player in the Premier League, we didn’t buy the most expensive goalkeeper, we didn’t buy the most expensive defender, we didn’t buy the most expensive midfielder, we didn’t buy the most expensive striker,” said Mubarak.

“Look at the facts, let’s talk about facts.”

Despite the club facing a possible ban from the Champions League, Mubarak is “comfortable” with the UEFA investigation, for now.

 

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