HOME| EDITORIAL STAFF CONTACT US| RSS
      
Premier League (England)

MANCHESTER CITY, Mancini: "Big spending is the only way to win the title"

15.07.2010 13.50 by Redazione TMW  read 3963
© foto di Federico De Luca

Roberto Mancini has defended Manchester City's spending splurge, claiming buying big is the only way to win the title.

Mancini has already splashed out £59million this summer to take the Blues' outlay under Sheikh Mansour to a staggering £265million in less than two years.

City are set to break the £100million barrier for the second summer running and Mancini wants to add a full-back and a striker to his signings of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng.

Mancini claims City's big spending is nothing new and says every title-winning side in Europe's top leagues have splashed the cash.

"Of course we have spent a lot of money this summer," said the City manager.

"Everyone can see that is the case, but all the teams who have won the Premier League, or La Liga or Serie A in recent years have spent a lot of money.

"This is not a new thing. It is hard to win trophies anywhere if you do not invest in the team in areas where you can improve. That's what we have done this summer."

Despite hammering Sheikh Mansour's chequebook, Mancini claims he will still give the club's Academy players a chance.

He has brought 11 young players on City's three-week long US tour and pointed to his blooding of the likes of Gregory Cunningham, Abdisalam Ibrahim and Dedryck Boyota last season as proof of his commitment to the club's youth system.

"In my first half season at the club Cunningham, Nimeley, Nielsen, Ibrahim and Boyata were all given debuts," he said. "That didn't happen at many clubs.

"That will continue where possible this season too. We are absolutely committed to the Academy and to bringing through and developing our own talent.

"We have young players here training with the first team and it's great experience for them. They have great enthusiasm and they will learn much from the trip. It is important that they know that there is a path to the first team there for them."

As well as Sheikh Mansour's billions, Mancini has called in the A-Team to make City successful and he has given a trial to Roland Benedict, the son of one of the stars of the 1980s' TV show.

Roland's dad, Dirk, played Face in the hit US series, starring alongside Mr T and George Peppard.

Roland, 20, had a spell with Gillingham two years ago and has returned to England from America, determined to make a career as a professional footballer.

Dirk, 63, said: "Roland has played soccer since he was four years old and always wanted to play in England so I said 'let's go for it'. He's quite good."

Roland, who made a name for himself on the college basketball circuit last year, claims his dad has been a great help.

"I got the fundamental side from my dad," he said. "I wouldn't be as good a player without him."

Other news Premier League (England)
Other news
Highlight

BREAKING NEWS - ENGLAND/ MANCHESTER UNITED, Agreement with Gaitan and Benfica is near

Manchester United management are getting nearer and nearer to sign Argentinian international offensive midfielder and winger Nicolas Gaitan (27) from Benfica. While former Boca Juniors player will have his current annual fee kept at about 6.5 million euros, Aguias, recent winners

AC MILAN, Berlusconi: "I hope Ancelotti wil join us"

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has told RMC: "I really hope that Ancelotti will be back on Milan's bench in the next season. We are str
 

VALENCIA, Negredo: "I would like to stay"

Valencia forward Alvaro Negredo has told ESPN: "It has been a difficult season for me. I have suffered from an injury during the whole season. I
 

ARSENAL, Flamini: "We can't repeat our Wembley mistake"

Mathieu Flamini says Arsenal have learnt from last season’s “nightmare” start to the FA Cup final. The Gunners found themselves t
 

NICE, Rivère: "Puel will stay"

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère has declared about his team's coach Claude Puel: "I never had doubts about it, he will stay for the
 

WOLFSBURG, De Bruyne: "Never to Chelsea as long as Mourinho is in charge"

Wolfsburg attacking midifelder Kevin de Bruyne has told Bild: "I think, to be honest, I would not return to Chelsea as long as Mourinho is in cha
 
   Editore: TC&C srl web content publisher since 1994 Partita IVA 01488100510