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Man City Chief warns players: win or be replaced

It is now 10 years since Abu Dhabi Billionaire Sheikh Mansour changed the face of English football forever when he purchased Manchester City.

The Citizens have since spent over £1.4 Billion on players and have won three Premier League titles.

One of the key men in City’s rise to the top table of both English and European Football is Txiki Begiristain. The former Barcelona player is Man City’s Director of Football and he has opened up about the type of winning mentality he is trying to instil at the Etihad.

“I know we cannot win all the time but that is the target. Everyone coming to this club has to know that we are here to win.” Begiristain told the BBC.

“Not winning is a failure. Of course, it is going to happen. We are not here to think: ‘We won the league last year, we will win it again in three years.’

“The club stays; the people do not. People need to be successful, otherwise others will come. They are not coming here just to enjoy life – they are coming to fight to win.

“We know if we don’t win, it doesn’t mean everyone will be out. If you fight, if you play well, if people are happy, if the idea is good and the idea works, then you change a couple of pieces in the squad and you are back again.

“You don’t need to change 11 players every year. You need to change two or three.

“If you win, you need to bring someone in to create competition. If not, you have to improve some pieces, but the idea stays and the work is there to try and win again.”

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