Mourinho aims dig at City: ‘Spurs can’t sign Messi because we respect FFP’

Jose Mourinho has aimed yet another dig at Manchester City for breaching the rules of Financial Fair Play. The Portuguese manager made a ‘subtle’ hint towards City by stating that his Tottenham Hotspur would never be able to sign a player like Lionel Messi because the London club ‘respects the rules of Financial Fair Play’ set by the UEFA.

Messi shocked the world two weeks ago by submitting a transfer request at FC Barcelona. The forward was immediately linked with a move to Manchester City and reports claimed that the investment group behind Man City wanted to offer Messi a five-year contract worth a staggering €750m. Last week Messi decided not to leave Barcelona after it was made clear the Spanish club would not allow him to leave this summer.

City were seriously interested in signing Messi, despite earlier troubles with the rules of Financial Fairplay. The Citizens were banned from European football by the UEFA in February for breaching the FFP rules, but then saw the ban get overturned by the CAS in July. Mourinho has always criticised the decision to overturn the ban and has now made a subtle hint towards Man City as the Citizens were seriously interested in signing Messi.

Mourinho was interviewed by JOE and he was asked if Tottenham were interested in signing Messi after he told Barcelona he wanted to leave. He said: “For my Top Eleven team? No, not for Tottenham. Just for Top Eleven. We respect Financial Fair Play at Tottenham. He can only go to a team that doesn’t respect Financial Fair Play, so it’s not Tottenham, for sure.”

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