Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed the capture of striker Edin Dzeko has transformed his side into realistic title contenders.
The Bosnian international has vowed to live up to his big transfer fee and recreate the form that fired Wolfsburg to their first league title in the clubs history.
“I want to do my best to show people that I’m worth this money. For me, the fee isn’t important – what is important is that I’m ready for the games and to be fit. Then the rest is up to me.”
Mancini, who has long been an admirer of Dzeko, added: “I think he will be a very important player for the future of this club. He is a very different from the other strikers we already had, so now we have a great mix.”
End of big spending.
The £27m transfer of striker Edin Dzeko has signalled the end of Manchester City’s prolific dealings in the transfer market, according to Roberto Mancini.
“This is my ideal squad at the moment. We don’t need to buy another six or seven players next summer. Every year we want to improve, but with another two or three players next season, no more,” he said.
UEFA today announced that their Financial Fair Play initiative would only permit clubs to live on the income they generate or face a series of sanctions up to expulsion from Uefa competitions.
The Uefa president, Michel Platini said: “Our objective is not to put clubs into financial difficulty. Financial fair play is to help them escape from this devilish spiral and have a viable economic strategy in the long term. This is not a witch-hunt, this is so they no longer continue blindly and mindlessly.”
Balotelli out for a month.
Manchester City have been hit by the news that Italian forward Mario Balotelli will be out for a month with a reoccurrence of a troublesome knee injury.
“I’m worried because he can’t play for another three or four weeks at an important moment for us,” said manager Roberto Mancini.
“To have an operation done and then to have another problem two months later is strange,” added Mancini.
However Balotelli’s knee problems may persuade City to keep Emmanuel Adebayor or Roque Santa Cruz, who have both been linked with a move away from Eastlands during the January transfer window.