Mancini - City spending over
Roberto Mancini claims Man City have ended their summer spending spree with the signing of James Milner.
Last Updated: 19/08/10 9:38am
Roberto Mancini has claimed Manchester City have ended their summer spending spree with the signing of James Milner.
The Eastlands outfit have splashed out in excess of £100million this summer to attract a host of top players to the club as they target glory in the Premier League.
England international midfielder Milner cost a reported £16million, plus the services of £8million-rated Stephen Ireland, and joins fellow new arrivals David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure and Aleksander Kolarov.
Asked if Milner was his final signing, Mancini said: "I think so. He is a good young player, who can play in every position in the middle and out wide."
City have been far and away England's biggest spenders this summer and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson complained about the "kamikaze" attitude of some clubs in the transfer market.
Mancini said: "If you want to buy a new player you must spend money. It is the market.
"I respect his (Ferguson's) opinion but Manchester United, not Manchester City spent a lot of money in the past."
Milner will sit out City's Europa League play-off first leg match on Thursday against Timisoara and instead could make his debut against Liverpool on Monday.
By then the futures of strikers Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz and goalkeeper Shay Given could become clearer.
Robinho spent the end of last season on loan to Santos and according to Mancini the Brazilian's plans will be sorted out "in the next five to six days".
Santa Cruz's future is also clouded in doubt as he was dropped from the Europa League squad to make way for Balotelli, who could make his debut against Timisoara after his registration was received in time by UEFA.
Given has been linked with a move away after Joe Hart was preferred for the opening game of the season at Tottenham and the England international will start again in Romania.
Mancini said: "If Shay wants to stay I am happy, if Robinho wants to stay I am happy, if Roque wants to stay I am happy."