So say Manchester City
Manchester City have drawn a line under their spending spree and will now invest in youth development, according to executive chairman Garry Cook. The club has spent nearly £200m on new players since the takeover by the Abu Dhabi United group.
But Cook has warned that City will not continue to spend at the same rate and will now look to develop its own academy production line.
Cook told an Abu Dhabi newspaper: “We will not be signing players to the extent we have done in the past year. Our academy will be the focus for the next 12 months.”
So in other words, having assembled a squad of
mercenary money-grabbers experienced players to challenge/force out the likes of Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards, Joe Hart and Michael Johnson, Citeh will now be focusing on blooding young players.