Chairman promises high-quality signings

By Ric Turner, Thu 11 June 2015 10:07

Chairman promises high-quality signingsKhaldoon vows to strengthen squad following "disappointing" season

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the Manchester City chairman, has vowed to make some "high-quality" acquisitions this summer as the Blues seek to mount a sustained challenge for both the Premier League and the Champions League.

Giving his annual review to CityTV, Khaldoon conceded that last season was "disappointing for everyone involved with the club", and added that the failure to win a trophy was unacceptable.

"What we have designed here is a winning organisation, so from that prospective, while there is a lot of positives that we take out of the season, from a purely results perspective it was disappointing – and I think it is a testament to how far we have gone.

"If you asked me seven years ago in seven years we will end the season second in the Premier League, we will be exiting the Champions League in the round of 16, losing to Barcelona, that we would be extremely disappointed – this is a testament to how far we have gone. The expectations now are where they should be."

The Blues have been linked with several high profile players this summer, including Paul Pogba, Keven De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling and with FFP restrictions out of the way, City are expected to flex their financial muscle in the market in the coming weeks.

"You will see some changes. Some players who have served us well, maybe it is time for them to move on to the next challenges, while you will see us in the market bringing high-quality individuals to fit in with what we are aspiring to coming in this summer. I can assure you this squad will be stronger and the team will be more competitive. I am both confident and excited about what is coming next year."