Milner brushes off City envy
James Milner insists he is not concerned if other clubs are envious of the riches on offer at Man City.
Last Updated: 19/09/10 10:05am
James Milner insists the Manchester City players are not concerned if their rivals are envious of the riches on offer at the club.
City have emerged as the Premier League's big-spenders over the past two years following Sheikh Mansour's takeover and are determined to shake up the traditional top-flight order.
Milner left Aston Villa to join the City revolution over the summer and he was one of a string of high-profile signings for manager Roberto Mancini.
The England midfielder accepts City may be viewed with jealousy around the country, but says it will not be an issue if the club win a trophy.
"To be honest, it doesn't affect us what people outside the club think," said Milner. "We're viewed with jealousy.
"At the end of the season, if we can point to silverware, it won't matter. If it makes City fans happy, we will know we have done our jobs.
"Our focal point is winning trophies. That's why we are here. That is what comes with playing for a massive club. You are expected to win every game, and the expectations are there from the players as well.
"It's the same when you play for England. You come up against tough opponents but people expect you to win.
"But nobody puts higher expectations on us than ourselves and we know very well the capabilities of our team.
"Villa came very close to winning a trophy. We had a lot of good players but the club were just that tiny bit short of getting to the next level.
"We needed to bring players in, but it became clear they might have to sell before they could buy.
"It made me think City had a better chance of progressing and challenging for trophies, which is what I wanted.
"I had a great time at Villa and I improved as a player there but City is a great club going places very quickly."