Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is confident the club will one day be able to challenge their great rivals Manchester United.
United are looking to add a second consecutive Champions League crown to their three successive Barclays Premier League titles.
City, who finished 10th in the league, want to start closing the gap this summer and their Abu Dhabi owners are poised to fund a transfer spending spree.
Cook told the Manchester Evening News: "People say our ambitions are too high but I don't see a problem with having the ambition to be the best in England and then Europe. It is about building a culture of success here - not one of survival.
"I want to be competing with United one day and I have no reason to think we won't be."