Manchester City are ready to spend big on a few quality players this summer, President Khaldoon al-Mubarak has said.
Following the club’s final Champions League loss to Chelsea, Khaldoon has said City “will be back”.
He said “the biggest mistake” would be resting on your laurels after winning the Premier League.
Speaking via his club’s media, Khaldoon said the focus would be on “quality.”
His comments come as City are increasingly expected to prepare a record club offer for England skipper Harry Kane.
“After winning the championship, now is not the time to sit back and be content,” Khaldoon said.
“That would be your biggest mistake. Now is the time to send a strong message that there is no contentment, that you are not happy just winning the league.”
City have room for Kane in Pep Guardiola’s squad following the departure of striker Sergio Aguero, one of the best employees of the club.
“Sergio Aguero’s shoes are very difficult shoes to fill, but I have no doubts that we will find the right player to fill these shoes,” Khaldoon said.
“There are other areas in the team that need investment. Not too much – it’s not about numbers, it’s about quality. But we will bring quality to the team. in a few key positions. “
This summer, many of City’s Premier League rivals will try to stretch budgets which have been heavily affected by playing virtually a full season without fans.
And there is no guarantee that full stadiums will be allowed when the 2021-22 campaign kicks off on August 14.
“Our financial record is strong and we will invest wisely and do what we need to do,” Khaldoon said.
“But the market will be difficult because there will not be enough liquidity. There will be movement but it will be done in a more creative way.”
It has been suggested that City could use the players as a bargaining chip to close deals, although in the past such transfers have proven difficult.
But despite criticism from outside Guardiola’s club for his team selection against Chelsea in Porto, City’s hierarchy is firmly behind the man who brought them three league titles out of the last five and led them into what Khaldoon describes as the “golden of the club”. time”.
“We will do everything we can to keep Pep as long as possible at this club,” Khaldoon said.
“He’s in the right environment and has the right infrastructure around him.
“We have the greatest trust and the greatest relationship and we have accomplished so much. The journey continues and it will continue as long as Pep is happy and we are happy.”