Responding to claims by Manchester City`s new front man Sulaiman al-Fahim that he has targeted pass master Fabregas, amongst other prominent world stars in a big spending revolution, Cesc has announced he has no interest in such a move.
He told the Barcelona based daily newspaper Sport: ‘It would be suicidal for my career at my 21 years of age to move to City. It would make no sense.’
The new owners of Manchester City, Abu Dhabi United Group, is in turn owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, half brother of Abu Dhabi’s ruler. The family fortune is conservatively estimated at £425bn.
The Guardian reports that there is some discontent amongst the UAE Sheikhs in what they see as grandstanding by those representing the club following the takeover:
Senior courtiers have acknowledged that publicity surrounding the purchase of Manchester City has created the impression in Britain that the emirate is playing a grotesque game of fantasy football.
They said this was wide of the mark, and Sheikh Mansour was set to use Manchester City as a springboard to improve football in the Gulf and enhance the international reputation of the United Arab Emirates. The management of signings will also be more pragmatic than so far suggested, they insist.
There is a feeling that Sulaiman al-Fahim, the ADUG bid spokesman who proposed to offer £134m for Manchester United’s Christiano Ronaldo and bragged ‘We are going to be the biggest club in the world,” has embarrassed some Sheikhs who believe that he has lost an opportunity to gain respect. ‘He should keep his head down or somebody will want to chop it off,’ said one courtier.
Following last weeks announcement of an investigation by Uefa into the financial management of football clubs Sulaiman al-Fahim`s braggadocio may yet prove counter productive.
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