Kompany: FFP rules designed to keep City down

Manchester City captain has stated that Financial Fair Play rulings have been designed to keep his club from competing against the established order.

The Etihad Stadium outfit have been propelled from also-rans to Premier League champions due to the investment of Sheik Mansour, with hundreds of millions of pounds splurged during the renaissance.

However, the new financial rulings are starting to take their toll on big-spending City, who have a mission to balance their books.

Kompany has stated that he feels that the rulings are in the interests of historic clubs that do not want to see changes amongst the footballing elite.

“That’s how I look at it anyway,” the Belgium international told The Telegraph.

“If you go into the business world you can’t say to anyone they cannot invest. I understand the fans have to be protected, the clubs have to be protected but plans need to be accepted.

“You win things; you get more fans. You get more fans; you create more revenue. That’s not a stupid way of thinking of investing in a business. I do understand there needs to be regulation but I just wonder what is going to change at the top?

“When I came to England it was just four clubs at the top. Four. The same top four all the time and that’s changed now.”

City’s place in the top four is under threat, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side suffering a dramatic slide down the standings since the turn of the year.

The Citizens travel to take on cross-town rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford later today, knowing that a defeat would leave them four points adrift of Louis van Gaal’s charges.