Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has justified the club’s money splashing transfer window, saying it is necessary.
City have spent more than a reported £200 million this summer only, bringing in players like Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy.
De Bruyne feels City needed to strengthen in the close-season, particularly after several departures – including the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy.
“It’s how the market goes. There’s a lot of money [going out], but there’s a lot of money going in,” the Belgian said, via the Manchester Evening News.
“Who can say that spending £200m is normal? It isn’t. But how the league and football is going at the moment, it’s normal prices.
“Obviously it’s a lot of money, but it’s things that we needed to do. The revenue that the club gets in will be more than the £200m.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also believes in the players he’s brought in, and believes they would be there for the long haul.
“They are really good players,” he added. “Good enough that it doesn’t matter who the manager will be. For Manchester City that is the most important thing.
“The new players have come in and we know the kind of energy they have to give us a really good chance to fight for the titles. We were not good enough and we haven’t changed for the short period.
“Bernardo Silva is 23-24 years old. Ederson is 23-24 years old.
“All the players’ averages are so, so young, so for the next five, six or seven years they will be here. And as soon as possible we want to be involved in the title.”
After a 2-0 derby loss to Manchester United at the International Champions Cup, City crushed Real Madrid 4-1 on Wednesday.
De Bruyne, who starred by having a hand in three goals against Madrid, said it was a good sign for Guardiola’s men.
“I think we’re on the right way. Obviously this game doesn’t say a lot, but it says that we’re moving in the right direction,” he said.
“Hopefully we can have a good performance against Tottenham (on Saturday) and then we will work hard in Manchester to be ready for August 12 (the club’s Premier League opener against Brighton and Hove Albion).”
His performance in the match earned special praise from manager Pep Guardiola.
“It is difficult to find a player with his quality, this is a guy who fights, passes, does many things,” Guardiola said. “The result is not so important but the way we fought for each other is. I’m proud of the way my team fought together.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach signed a three-year contract last summer after arriving at the Etihad Stadium following a three-year stay in Bavaria. He has already spent more than £200m on recruits since the end of last season but admitted his future will “depend on results”.
“I will try to remain as long as possible to help, to help City keep moving forward and stay high,” Guardiola said.
“I think the club has to work and listen to the manager in the right moment, but also take their own decisions in the future. Nobody knows what will happen. For all the managers in the world it depends on the results.”
However, he denied that the failure to win a trophy in the Catalan’s first season in English football had added to the pressure. “The pressure is completely the same as my first year in Barcelona B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and now,” Guardiola said.
“So no change at all. The guys are going to help us to be strong. The ambition is the same as last season.”