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Mourinho takes dig at Manchester City over Lionel Messi transfer attempts

Speaking to Joe.co.uk, as reported by Metro, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at rivals Manchester City over their attempts to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona this summer.

The whole Messi saga is very well-documented now. The Argentine shook the footballing world when he claimed that he wanted to leave Barcelona this summer. (h/t Metro)

And Manchester City were tipped as the favourites to sign the 33-year-old superstar, with their manager Pep Guardiola having already spoken to him about a transfer. It was even claimed that the last season’s Premier League runners-up had agreed terms on a new contract with the Barcelona captain. (h/t Metro)

Manchester City tried to sign Lionel Messi

Manchester City tried to sign Lionel Messi

However, after discussions with the club, Messi reversed his decision and announced that he will be staying at Barcelona, dealing a blow to City’s hopes. (h/t Metro)

Speaking about the saga, Mourinho has claimed that he and Tottenham would never have been able to sign the Argentine legend as the club respected Financial Fair Play rules. (h/t Metro)

“We respect the 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.”

This was clearly a dig at Manchester City, who recently were accused of breaching FFP regulations. A two-year European football ban had been imposed by FIFA, only to be overturned after an appeal. Instead they were slapped with a small fine.

Mourinho hits out at decision to overturn Man City Europe ban

Mourinho had hit out at decision to overturn Man City Europe ban

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Mourinho had lashed out at that decision, calling the outcome as ‘disgraceful’. Now, he seems to be piling on top of it, taking subtle digs at Guardiola & co. Classic Jose!

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