Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says “life is too short to carry grudges” and insists the club are intent on having a “constructive relationship” with UEFA.
In a wide-ranging interview which also covered summer transfers and talisman Kevin De Bruyne, Khaldoon addressed City’s overturned European ban.
City were handed a two-year suspension by UEFA’s club financial control body (CFCB) in February for “serious breaches” of club licensing and financial fair play regulations, but it was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July – freeing the club to play in next season’s Champions League.
Asked if City’s relationship with UEFA was beyond repair, Khaldoon said he did not carry a grudge and would rather focus on trying to win the Champions League.
“Life is too short to carry grudges,” Khaldoon told mcfc.co.uk. “It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sports and it is a competition we want to win, and we have to respect in order to win.
“This was a challenge, it’s behind us, end of story. I am focused on one thing – how I can help this club compete in this competition and win it and how to have a constructive relationship with UEFA, I think it’s the only way to go.”