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Abu Dhabi's Man City set to spend despite UEFA sanctions

Chairman of new Premier League champions predicts 'efficient and shift execution plan' in summer transfer market

Abu Dhabi's Man City set to spend despite UEFA sanctions
Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. (Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City will be active this summer in the transfer window despite having UEFA sanctions related to its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said the Premier League winning squad will be strengthened and the board will back manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Last week, UEFA fined the club £49m ($82m), £32m of which is suspended, and said Manchester City can only name a 21-man Champions League squad after failing FFP rules. City can also spend just £49m on players this summer, plus any money the receive in transfer fees.

In an interview with City TV, Al Mubarak said: "We know exactly the players that need to go and the players that need to come in, the areas that need to be strengthened and the players that we intend to bring in to fill these areas.

"I can tell our fans to expect, as last year, an efficient and swift execution plan.

"We will have, after the World Cup, a good pre-season and we will go into the season very ready, as we did last year, to compete in four championships."

The chairman also revealed that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan, whose Abu Dhabi United Group company bought the football club in 2008, was "delighted".

"Sheikh Mansour has been overwhelmed. He had lots of expectations, the season had a lot of ups and downs but he always had a lot of faith, a lot of confidence in the team and he made my job a lot easier," said Al Mubarak.

He added that Sheikh Mansour feels the club is doing exactly what he intended it to do in terms of performance across the board.

On the season just gone when Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions and Capital One cup winners, Al Mubarak said it had been a tough season but he had "really enjoyed it".

Targeting success in Europe next season, the club chairman said six years after Sheikh Mansour's takeover, there was "wonderful stability" at Manchester City.

"This is how you build long term success," he told City TV.

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