Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been singled out for criticism for their spendings by the Spanish La Liga president. That is coming after the clubs' success in domestic football. The Sky Blues made history by winning all the trophies available to clubs in the English top flight while PSG retained the Ligue 1 title.
Pep Guardiola has splashed out over £400 million on player transfers since he took over at City in 2016. But after going empty-handed in the 2016/17 campaign (for the first time in his illustrious career as a manager), he led the team to an impressive Premier League and League Cup double last term. Several signings made by the Catalan manager have been instrumental to City’s success in England.
Although the team has failed to replicate the domestic dominance to the continent, that has not prevented eyebrows getting raised from several quarters. One man who has chosen to call out the club alongside Paris Saint-Germain in a formal meeting is Tebas. The La Liga president spoke recently at the Financial Times’ Business of Football summit where he hit out at the two clubs suggesting that they are causing damage to European football.
”The problem with PSG and City is they’re state-run clubs: one off petrol money, one off gas.
”The damage happening on Euro football is massive because they are inflating the market so clubs have to pay ridiculous sums to keep their players.
“There are clubs who could not care less what their real incomes are when they want to sign a player because they receive incomes from a state.
”It forces other clubs into an economic situation which is really living on the edge. It skews the balance of the entire European football structure,” he said.
”This is no longer sport. This is no longer an industry. It becomes more like a toy, the plaything of a state.
”And when it’s a plaything, kids start playing with other kids. You end up ruining the entire system,” he concluded.
This is surprising coming from a president of a league that is home to some clubs famous for spending big on player transfers. Long before Man City started buying players for significant amounts, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been spending big on transfers. Apart from the last few campaigns when Madrid didn’t make Galactico signings, spending big has been a culture at the Spanish capital. That has resulted in some of the best players in the world (some of whom have won the Ballon d’Or) gracing the Santiago Bernabeu. That did not cause problems for European football!
Barcelona have not been far behind even consistently pricing away top talents from the English top flight. In the last two seasons alone, the Blaugranes have spent ridiculous amounts to acquire the likes Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele amongst others. And for anyone who thinks that was to replace Neymar, the Brazilian himself did not come cheap for the Catalan side when he was brought to Camp Nou from Santos. Luis Suarez was also acquired from Liverpool for a record-breaking amount.
It’s amazing that the Sky Blues are yet to make a mark on the continent and some people are already scared to a state of making such bias comments. Tebas is making allegations and blaming City for problems in European football. That can influence people to think negatively about Manchester City, including those in positions of authority. That's really unfortunate.