Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says The Citizens can be as big as Real Madrid and are on the right trick to get there – dismissing talk that Sergio Aguero could move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Premier League side burst onto the scene on 2008 when they were taken over by Abi Dhabi based group ADUG, owned by Sheikh Mansou. Although they have so far failed to make the breakthrough on the European stage, they have acquired on of football’s most expensively assembled squads that should be challenging for the top honours.
Striker Aguero, who formerly played for Atletico de Madrid, is their star man but has been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital in previous months. That possible move looks to be dead in the water for now after Los Blancos were given a two-transfer-window ban on new arrivals for breaching rules over signing youth players from overseas.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s game with Crystal Palace at the weekend, Pellegrini, who managed Real for one season in which he won La Liga, said there is no need for Aguero to move to Madrid as City are planning on reaching the same level in the not-too-distant future.
He commented: “I think it’s a club that wants to be on the same level. I think we are improving every year in achievement, in the way the club is growing in every department. Real Madrid has a long and important story but I am sure this club is going in the correct way to try to do it.”