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Man City pledge to keep spending

Mark Hughes
Hughes has been told to carry on spending at Man City

Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook insists the club will keep spending until manager Mark Hughes is happy with his squad.

City have spent £55m in signing Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez and want England captain John Terry and Everton's Joleon Lescott.

Cook said: "It stops when Mark Hughes feels that he's got the right quality of players in the squad.

"We're limited by virtue of a window of opportunity to buy those players."

Cook, speaking at the start of a three-match tour of South Africa, added that he hoped City would become "the darling of world football".

Cook also defended City against criticism of their spending, with owners the Abu Dhabi United group splashing out £150m since buying the club 12 months ago.

He said: "I think the players that we've acquired will add strength to the squad and that's the ambition.

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"This isn't really about spending. I'd like to just make sure the message is clear that we're investing in the future of the football club.

"The investments that we're making currently will define the football club for the next 10 years. I think when you do that to compete with the top four in the Premier League, you have to invest to reach those new levels.

"The players that we're looking to invest further in, they're well documented. But I think it would be a little unfair of us to discuss players who aren't with us at this moment in a public forum.

"But it's fair to say that we're continuing our discussions with Emmanuel Adebayor and who knows."

Cook added: "I think Man City has a strong heritage in the world of football, particularly in England. We've become the focus of attention, most definitely in the past 12 months.

"The quality of players that we're bringing to the club is showing the intent of our owners and our ambition continues to reach new heights. When you start to do that, that attention starts to develop a fan base around the world.

"What this event in South Africa does for us is enable us to reach out to those fans and reach out to those new communities.

"Everybody likes to have fans around the world and not just in Manchester, so we hope we will become the darling of world football."

And £12m new boy Barry also hit back at suggestions from Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez - whose long pursuit of the former Aston Villa captain ended in failure - that his move to Eastlands was motivated by money.

"I think there was maybe a bit of frustration (from Benitez) because it was well documented that Liverpool were in the market to sign me for a couple of years," Barry stated.

"Manchester City had agreed a fee with Aston Villa. Once I'd spoken to the manager, heard the ambition and he told me what the club were aiming for, that suited me.

"People can talk about the money because of the speculation in the media but the players that are now joining are proving my decision to be a correct one. These are players that are really going to improve Manchester City and take us to where we want to go."



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see also
Adebayor completes Man City move
18 Jul 09 |  Man City
Terry going nowhere, say Chelsea
15 Jul 09 |  Man City
Tevez completes move to Man City
14 Jul 09 |  Man City
Man City snap up Barry for 12m
02 Jun 09 |  Man City


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