In fact, City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho believes that despite the club being in a position to buy the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, their project goes beyond the sizeable budget.
“Could we sign Messi or Ronaldo? I guess so, but then you have to consider the club’s priorities first. We have the financial power, everyone knows that, but there’s the priority issue that must be considered,” Fernandinho said to Goal.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk player has gone on to become a vital player over the years at the Etihad, since his arrival back in 2013. The central midfielder thinks the Manchester outfit wants to build a dream team rather than use the funds to sign individual greats.
He added: “Are we aiming to sign one player or to assemble a strong, competitive team to achieve our goals? Sometimes people mistake some things regarding that, thinking just one player would make up for the needs of an entire club. Maybe it’s not supposed to be like that.”
City have signed a host of players for huge sums under Pep, and majority of them already look to be settling in well. Fernandinho’s claims looks to have paid dividends, with City already leading the Premier League points tally after nine games this season.
A collective team performance under their manager has been a positive aspect for the club this term, with everybody chipping in with the goods consistently. City also lead their Group in the Champions League, and are in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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