Sheikh Mansour’s smart investment key to Man City success, Guardiola says

Manchester City have gained much from Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s investments (Reuters pic)

MANCHESTER: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believes owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s impact on the club has not just been down to his continued financial support but also smart decision-making in bringing success to the Etihad Stadium.

City’s annual report this week showed Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi ruling family spent more than 1.3 billion pounds (RM7 billion) on the club since he took over in 2008.

They have lifted three Premier League titles and one FA Cup over the last decade, and Guardiola insists it was a result of the owner’s trust in the right people to take the club forward.

“He’s the most important person to help all of us at Manchester City to make a step in front,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“Because not just with the money you can (be successful). The money is so important but after they choose the right people, from the beginning 10 years ago to make a step forward.”

“He follows us every weekend, every game. I was really impressed when I spoke with him. He knows absolutely everything, what happened here, the team, the way we play, or what happens with the club – he’s involved.”