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'No major changes' at Man City, says chairman

Khaldoon Al Mubarak says improvements to squad will only be made in 'manageable way'

'No major changes' at Man City, says chairman
Manchester Citys chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (L). (AFP/Getty Images)
'No major changes' at Man City, says chairman
Manchester Citys Belgian midfielder Vincent Kompany (R) and manager Roberto Mancini hold the trophy. (AFP/Getty Images)
'No major changes' at Man City, says chairman
(L-R) Gael Clichy and Joleon Lescott of Manchester City celebrate. (AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester City will continue to improve its squad but in a "manageable" way, club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said on Tuesday.

He said in an interview with the official Man City website that he saw "no major changes" regarding transfers this summer

Speaking the day after the Abu Dhabi-owned club's first Premier League title victory, Al Mubarak said: "We have a champion team so we are not starting from the same position as any other pre-season in which we had to improve in a dramatic manner."

He added: "There will be improvements but in a very manageable way."

He also revealed that Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who bought the Manchester club in 2008 and has invested nearly $1bn helped lead it to glory, has not missed a single minute of the club's historic season.

"Sheikh Mansour has not missed a single minute of football from this club this season. Even when there are games not shown on TV we have sorted it so he can watch live action," Al Mubarak said.

He also said the club was eyeing further commercial opportunities around the world to capitalise on the club tag of Premier League champions.

He said Asia was a "huge market" to explore, adding that Manchester City was now a global brand, like Barcelona, Real Madrid and rivals Manchester United.

"This club's popularity has rocketed in Abu Dhabi, the Middle East and the Arab world... It is growing in an incredible manner. If we are not at the moment we will become the most popular club in the Middle East and North Africa soon," he added.

On Sunday's dramatic victory over QPR which ensured the league title was Man City's first for 44 years, he said: "It was such an emotional rollercoaster. I'm still trying to grasp it. It's an incredible feeling for everyone associated with the club.

"Sheikh Mansour really deserves this... The prudent approach he has taken has guided us on this journey."

He added: "Winning the Premier LEague is something else. It's the most difficult league in the world. For us to pick up 89 points and not win it would have been criminal."

On the future, Al Mubarak cited rivals United for "setting the benchmark".

"We have to continue to focus on the future and try to accomplish something of what United has... We still have a long way to do, this is just the first step."

In the four years since that deal, spearheaded by Sheikh Mansour, the English Premier League club have splashed out on some the sport's best known names, including Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

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