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Fergie: Rafa set to spend big

21 Mar 2009 - 13:07:05

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has predicted that Liverpool will allow Rafa Benitez to go on a massive spending spree this summer.

Benitez finally agreed a new deal earlier this week which ties him to Anfield until 2014 and Ferguson believes that will give him more freedom to spend big in the next few years.

Ferguson said: "I think you will see Rafa producing an absolute spending spree, now he's signed a new contract. There's talk about a recession but I don't think there'll be one at Liverpool this year.

"He's well ahead of us in spending in the last five years. We've signed 18 players in the last five years and eight of those have been young players.

"There's a balance, it's about doing the thing correctly. We like to try to develop young players and we'll always do that. That's the nature of the club.

"Other clubs are maybe different and obviously Rafa has a different philosophy from mine.

"But that's the great thing about football - everyone has a different way of doing things."

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