Pep Guardiola says legacy will not be tainted by FFP claims

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Pep Guardiola has insisted his legacy at Manchester City will not be tarnished because of allegations of financial fair play irregularities.

Uefa opened a formal investigation into City’s practices on Thursday following claims in the German publication Der Spiegel.

The club subsequently issued their first official denial of any wrongdoing and said they welcomed the move. And Guardiola, who made City champions last season with a record 100 points and has won back-to-back Carabao Cups, is unconcerned his achievements may be soured by the claims.

“No, absolutely not,” the manager said. “I think the club made their statement yesterday, I can’t add more than that. The club is open. Hopefully it can finish as soon as possible and Uefa can decide.

“I said last season, I trust a lot what the club has done because I know them but hopefully they can solve it as soon as possible and stop this environment.”

Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Fernandinho remain injured for Saturday’s visit of Watford, though Aymeric Laporte could return.

“All of them are getting better. Aymeric is back training the last two or three days – I don’t know if he is available for tomorrow,” said Guardiola.

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