Date: 29th July 2012 at 9:26pm
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The Champions have remained quiet on transfer targets this summer leaving a frustrated media crestfallen at the lack of opportunity to bemoan any spending…

However, Roberto Mancini who has responded at press conferences to questions over Arsenal talisman Robin Van Persie has now spoken to Sky News of the need for a buzzing with belief City to strengthen in certain areas ahead of the opening game against Southampton:

‘We need to work harder than last year and we need to buy players that can help our team to improve…I’m confident because I trust in Khaldoon and Sheikh Mansour. We don’t need big changes. We don’t need ten players like two or three years ago. Maybe three, four or five.’

The City boss went on to highlight the fact that he is looking to introduce players into his squad from the MCFC Academy alongside a couple of signings:

‘…in those five players we could introduce young players as it is important to have young players in the squad.’

Having already blooded a handful of promising teenagers from City’s Elite Develoment Squad against Arsenal in Beijing, it’s clear The Champions are looking to build from within now that a series of young international stars successfully form the backbone of the team.

As for the signings, City’s owners tend to operate in stealth bomber mode since the lessons learned in Kakagate. VMC will bring you the news of who’s signed, sealed and delivered as soon as the sky blue smoke goes up.


UPCOMING GAMES:
all times East Manchester

Mon 30 Jul 13h45 Malaysia Select XI, Kuala Lumpur, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Tue 31 Jul 19h45 Oldham Athletic, Boundary Park, Friendly
Sat 04 Aug 20h30 Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Arena, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Sun 05 Aug 19h00 Limerick, Jackman Park, Friendly
Sun 12 Aug 13h30 Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield PL

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.