Date: 22nd January 2009 at 5:50pm
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The City gaffer goes on the defensive over Kakagate and indicates this should be a time for us all to pull together…

Mark Hughes today defended City’s efforts at attempting to sign AC Milan’s Kaka.

There’s no doubt that some of the unprecedented tidal wave of disdain aimed at City this past week, particularly from football hacks has been undeniably abusive and hostile.

Hughes calls for the positives involved in what took place to be recognised and for City to stick together:

‘There’s are a lot of negativity around what we do – or so it seems. I think that people have lost sight of what we were trying to do, which was to bring one of the best players in the world to Manchester City. We should be given a little bit of credit for that.

‘We were not able to conclude the deal, but we got very, very close. There were a lot of things to be worked through and it was always going to be a long process, but it fell down and there was always a danger of that. From a footballing point of view, it would have been ideal to work with a player of that quality but it is not going to happen and we move on.

‘The Kaka situation was one we had to move for. When you have the opportunity to go for one of the best players in the world, timing issues go out of the window. When you get the indication that a player of that quality could be available, you have to move quickly.

‘We will use the negativity that has been used by others as a strength.

‘We will build slowly, build correctly and make sure we are stronger in the future.’

‘We have a plan with what we want to do, and I am delighted with the signings we have made. Craig (Bellamy) will open up space behind defences with his blistering pace, Nigel (De Jong) is a really strong individual with character and a good approach.

‘Those are the kind of players we will continue to bring in and those kind of players who will make us strong.’

Are these words the first signs of the siege mentality we expected Hughes to bring to Manchester City?

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