Man City are 'destroying' football with their outrageous spending

17 February 2009 03:27
Manchester City have been accused of 'destroying' football by the coach of their UEFA Cup opponents FC Copenhagen.

City travel to the Danish capital this week for the first leg of their last 32 tie after a busy January saw Mark Hughes add four big money signings to his squad.

And Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken has slammed City's new billionaire owners for widening the gap between Europe's richest clubs and the rest with their heavy spending in January.

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'The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible,' said the former Wimbledon player.

'I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.'

City smashed the British transfer record last summer with a sensational £34m deal for Brazil forward Robinho and are determined to land more world stars as they bid to become one of the biggest clubs on the planet.

But Solbakken warned City they face a tough task to change the perception of them as a small club on the European stage.

'The hardest part for City is that they, by tradition, are not a big football club and therefore all the money in the world does not make a difference for them,' Solbakken said.

'They brought in Wayne Bridge even though he is only marginally better than what they had already and that says how hard it is to get the best players even though you have lots of money.'

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Source: Daily_Mail