‘Man City have spent nearly €1bn on new players!’ – Watzke fires back at Guardiola after agent fee comments
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticised Manchester City’s spending following comments made by Pep Guardiola regarding the amounts the Bundesliga club have paid out in agent fees.
City face Dortmund in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, with Guardiola having previously claimed that the Germans “pay a lot of money” to agents to secure top young talent.
Reacting to those comments, Watzke has pointed the finger at City’s spending in recent years, which has seen the Premier League leaders assemble a squad considered one of the strongest in Europe.
In advance of the first leg of the last-eight tie, that City won 2-1 at Eithad Stadium, Guardiola told reporters: “If one person knows in Manchester about Borussia Dortmund it is me. The culture of this club, the way they play and I will not find one single player from Borussia Dortmund without quality.
“They spend a lot of money on young players and pay a lot of money to agents to bring these players there because they have an incredible quality. Incredible. Maybe they didn’t find this season the consistency in the Bundesliga to win every week but for two [knockout] games they are able to do anything.”
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