Roberto Mancini defends Manchester City spending policy
Milner was Mancini's most expensive purchase of the summer at £26m from Aston Villa
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has defended the club's transfer policy after spending around £125m on players over the course of the summer.
There has also been criticism of City's wage levels with Yaya Toure believed to be earning more than £200,000 a week.
Mancini told BBC Sport: "[Manchester United boss] Sir Alex [Ferguson] has spent a lot of money in the past.
"Not this year, but in the past I think United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool were like us this year."
City's football administrator Brian Marwood, speaking on a special programme on the men from Eastlands on BBC Radio 5 live before their Europa League tie on Thursday, echoed Mancini's comments, adding: "No-one condemned Manchester United or Chelsea for the money they've spent, because they bought quality."
Since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought City in September 2008, the club has spent more than £300m on a host of new players.
This summer alone, Mancini has signed James Milner (£26m), Aleksandar Kolarov (£16m), David Silva (£24m), Jerome Boateng (£10m), Mario Balotelli (£24m) and Yaya Toure (£24m).
The City manager, who was also interviewed for BBC Radio 5 live special, added: "This year we bought good young players.
"Only Yaya is 28, the other players are aged 24 or 23 and a good investment for the club."
Not all of Sheikh Mansour's millions are being ploughed into the first team though.
Marwood explained: "We are fortunate to have owners who are prepared to invest in the whole of the club and it's not just for now, it's for the future.
"There has been a good conveyor belt of players coming through the academy over the years and we are proud of what we've done since it was started.
"We want to maintain our heritage in terms of the academy and producing good young footballers."
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