City Manager Looks Optimistic About Club’s Future

Manuel PellegriniMANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised the club will be ambitious if they decide to strengthen their squad this summer.

The newly-crowned Barclays Premier League champions must limit their spending to a net £49million as punishment for breaching UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

But City, who also won the Capital One Cup last season, have already insisted the European governing body’s sanctions will not have any “material impact” on their planned transfer activity ahead of next term.

So although any spending would have to total considerably less than last year’s £90million outlay, Pellegrini is still hopeful of securing top targets.

Asked if changes were likely, the Chilean told City TV: “Maybe. We are going to see which is the best way to improve.

“I think one of the most important things for me is to have an ambitious mind.

“It is very important to win the title but these two titles will not be useful the next year.

“We must analyse all the good things we did, all the bad things, where we must improve, which is the best way to do it. We have a lot of work (to do).”

Pellegrini’s remarks come after chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak promised that any transfer activity this summer would be swift and decisive.

One issue likely to be exercising the minds of officials at the Etihad Stadium is the extraordinary comments of key midfielder Yaya Toure and his agent this week.

Toure has indicated that he is unhappy at the club because he feels under-appreciated and disrespected.

One of his chief complaints appears to be that he felt senior figures at the club failed to acknowledge his birthday during last week’s post-season trip to Abu Dhabi.

Toure’s stock is presently high after an outstanding 2013-14 season, in which he scored 24 goals in all competitions, including 20 in the league and a superb strike in the League Cup final.

City have not commented on the situation but with the player having signed a new four-year contract just 13 months ago, their position is one of strength.

It also comes just over a week after Toure addressed the crowd gathered for City’s open-top bus parade of Manchester and spoke of his ambitions for the club next season. – Sportinglife

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