Date:Sunday July 19 2009
Manchester City have been at the forefront of the summer transfer window with star aquisitions such as Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz and most recently, Emmanuel Adebayor.
With such attack minded options available, Hughes has been looking at a number of defenders to balance the squad, including England and Chelsea captain John Terry and Evertons much coveted Joleon Lescott.
There are great expectiations amongst the fans, players and management, a new level of optimism surrounding Eastlands that hasn't been seen for a while- top four is the word on everyones lips.
City's £32.5m record signing Robinho is amongst those with high hopes, speaking to the Sunday Mirror the Brazilian stated: 'There is no longer a top four.
'We have made it a top five. From this season we have to go in with the mindset we're one of the very best clubs.
'I'm delighted we've signed Tevez. He is a world-class player and it would be fantastic for me to play alongside him.
'It was a shame the Samuel Eto'o deal couldn't happen for whatever reason, because he is another world-class player and the sort this club is looking to sign at the moment. But we have already signed Santa Cruz and now there is the possibility of Adebayor as well.
'While I've always urged the club to sign players like Tevez and Kaka when there has been a chance, I also know you have to build from the back.
'You can have the best attacking six players in the world, but unless the defence compliments it then you will not win anything.
'I don't know anything about the John Terry deal apart from what I have read, but he is the sort of world-class leader we need at the back.
'I have said before when you build a house you start from the bottom.
'If John does not happen then there are plenty of quality defenders in Europe.
'If the players we have signed and the players we may sign all work well together then on our day we can become unbeatable - and not just in England, but in Europe as well.
'We will be looking to win all the competitions we are in and that means having a squad of world class players.
'All the top clubs have players competing for places, and we now have to look at ourselves as a top club.
'People will need to start taking us very seriously.'
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Date:Sunday July 19 2009
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