Date: 25th July 2015 at 7:14pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has given his early thoughts on our summer signings and also hinted that Manchester City aren’t yet done in the transfer market this season.

In an exclusive interview with the Official Site the gaffer talked about how our new signings had settled in, the youngsters he had taken to Australia and also said that we won’t just be signing people for the sake of it, but we would always be interested in adding top quality to our ranks.

With press speculation linking us to anyone and everyone still, and not just limited to old favourites like Kevin De Bruyne, he explained.

‘We’ll see, we have time until the end of August so we are not trying to make all the signings we need in this moment. It’s more important to bring in the right players than to bring in people quickly. We are not closing any window for new players but they must be an important player to improve our squad.’

With Raheem Sterling already opening his City account, and Fabian Delph making a lively start ahead of his hamstring problem, plus the additions of Patrick Roberts and Enes Unal, Pellegrini added that he was delighted to have brought them in because we know exactly what to expect from them over the coming years.

‘We`re very pleased, we chose the players because we had a lot of information about them. One thing is to see those players playing in their teams every weekend but when you want to buy a player you must try to have more information.’

Speaking about Sterling, he said he’s a player who is already capable of so much, but at his age he’s definitely capable of improving further and being better and that’s what we’ll be hoping to get from him – and obviously playing alongside the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero can only bring him on further.

‘We’ve bought Fabian Delph. We had to replace James Milner and Frank Lampard, two very good midfielders and it`s not easy to replace them. Fabian is also a young player, just 25 and in the national squad of England, left-footed, we needed a player with his characteristics, so I’m very happy with him also.’

Moving on to our youngsters more, he went on to add.

‘Patrick Roberts is a young player, we’ll see what happens with him this year. But this club is not just thinking about this season, it’s important to look to the future. If Patrick continues his development as a player he will also be very important player for us. I’m happy because in the last two games we played with two very young players, Kelechi and Manu Garcia, both coming from our CFA with the development squad, both of them will have an important future in our team. Both of them are very good technical players. Kelechi has a lot of goals, he’s a scorer, I think both of them will bring fresh blood. Enes Unal is also a very young player, he needs some minutes, may be it will be useful to stay for a period with the squad but after to play. We’ll see, as with Patrick Roberts, what will happen with his future.’

With so much talk about our Elite Development Squad last season and whether players were ready or capable of stepping up, it’s good to see Pellegrini addressing the continuity element and next generation side of transfer dealings but keeping them with the group for development at this stage.

Whether they end up out on loan like others remains to be seen.

As for the pre season as a whole, our manager concurred with goalkeeper Joe Hart’s comments earlier in the week about the group wanting to prove something this season to themselves after the 2014-15 we had.

‘I agree with Joe because I worked with the players every day and I’m seeing they are angry and a little bit wounded because of what happened last season, so I am sure that we are going to see a very competitive team and we are going to see a performance again from some players that maybe last year were not in their best moment. We are going to see them again as very competitive players and a very competitive team.’

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