Dunne calls on current crop
Richard Dunne has challenged his team-mates to ensure they remain in Mark Hughes' first-team plans.
Last Updated: 10/03/09 5:39pm
Manchester City captain Richard Dunne has challenged his team-mates to ensure they remain in manager Mark Hughes' first-team plans.
Backed by the financial muscle of the Abu Dhabi United Group, City bought Robinho from Real Madrid for a British transfer record fee of £32.5million last August.
Hughes also bolstered his side in the winter transfer window, bringing in Shay Given, Nigel de Jong, Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge.
Further spending is expected this summer, and Dunne has called on the club's current crop of players to prove they are worthy of staying at Eastlands for the long-term.
"The manager can go and buy any player he wants now. It's not always been like that at City, and it creates a new challenge," he said.
"People see all the money and think 'You're the richest club. You should win every game and you should be the best'.
"It just takes a little bit of time. Every player here who has a contract has the chance to be a part of it.
"It's up to us to impress the manager and make sure that, come transfer windows and team selections, you're in it."