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Sometimes it takes a brave person to step back and take a good look at their surroundings. Why I hear you ask? Well it's easy to become blasÚ, especially when one is cocooned in creature comforts.

The point I'm trying to make is that we Citizens have quickly become accustomed to the big money signings, Robinho - £32.5m, Roque Santa Cruz - £25m and recent signing David Silva, who's transfer from Valencia is rumoured to be anywhere between £24m - £30m. Oh, and the aforementioned players are just a tip of the money-go-round iceberg - I don't think I need say anymore.

Yes, it's an incredible feeling / journey knowing that your club is able to buy anyone they want and that money is no object, but just once in a while it's worth just sitting back and listening to what others have to say.

The old saying, 'sticks and stones' remains in the school playground as far as I am concerned but hey, after all we're all human. Do we care what others are saying about Manchester City Football Club? I leave that particular sentence hanging in the air.

The following ESPN America video clip discusses David Silva and yup, MCFC.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 1 2010

Time: 10:36PM

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Well.... I wouldn't say you could buy anybody you wanted, players with half a brain and a passion for the game of football manage to resist the lure of ridiculously high wages, Kaka for example. And as many of your signings have proved, once it becomes about the money they're just not the same, they're no longer idolised by thousands of fans, but meerely seen as another player added to the group of misfits. Barry was better before his move, Robinho was better before his move, Adebayor was better before his move, now let's see how David Silva handles himself. One thing that you can almost certainly say though is that Man City fans won't see him in the same way Valencia fans did.
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01/07/2010 23:58:00

So whats your point exactly Callum? You can accept that Man City will only get better or you can be a saddo and live in denial! Just engage your brain and stop spewing rubbish!
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02/07/2010 02:33:00

Any player with this half a brain you talk about can clearly see Man City is going places and no one can blame them for wanting to be a part of 'the project' while receiving a nice paycheck. They wont be blinded by jealousy like you obviously are. I could easily discount the very silly points you make but i honestly cant be bothered cos this sillyness is getting tiring! You suddenly cant stand City?TOUGH!
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02/07/2010 02:45:00

I'm sorry but we have to get away from this "doesnt anyone love us anymore?" attitude. The misty-eyed days when we were everyone's loveable 2nd (division) team are long gone - all getting excited signing "Madge" and Andy Morrison. No thanks, not any more. I don't care what other clubs think of us... but I assume pretty much what WE thought about Chelski when Abramovich took over, 10 years back. Yes our bubble will probably burst sooner or later, but in the meantime, lets all enjoy our days in the sun! "Everybody hates us, we dont care"
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02/07/2010 03:26:00

Brit - thats exactly what we (Chelsea) think. You think you've seen hatred and bitterness now, just wait till you win something at the expense of one of Arsenal, Liverpool or United's expense. The bitterness is just beyond belief. Not just from the fans but the media as well. You go from a disliked team to one that has an all out war being waged on it by the media, intent of stopping you by any means possible. You get fewer decisions out of Refs, commentators stop commentating and start slating even when you are playing well, and everytime you drop a point there is a national day of celebration. Honestly you aint seen nothing yet boys. From our point of view ove always liked Citeh, and even though you did us twice last season I still do. I think most Chelsea fans can see past the money whereas nobody else can. I like the way you play footie, i like the ethos around the way the club is run, and I've always said your fans are class - always classy. Hard and ridiculously partisan but classy. Always take loads away, you sing, you support properly, old school support. None of this leery Cockney Reds nonsense. Always admired the way you hate United as well.
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02/07/2010 08:03:00

Callum_ws - are you trying to say that the likes of Tevez, Bellamy, De Jong have no passion for the game of football. As for your argument about players being better before they came to City, yet again your talking bollox, Adebayor had a better goal return in his debut season for City than he did in his final season for Arsenal and Barry was ranked in the top ten midfielders in PL last season in terms of percentage of passes completed and tackles won. Robinho - brilliant first four months scoring 12 goals, then the physicality and the weather got the better of him, would that not have happened at any English club? And finally Silva, I'm sure City fans will see him with their eyes just like the Valencia fans did.
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02/07/2010 09:23:00

Don't forget Mr "Fergie sign Him Up" Tevez. Don't think anyone could argue that he was a complete revelation, scoring more goals for us than he did in over two seasons for manure. TBH, I've started just ignoring the taunts of all our jealous rivals. I've heard the same old crap hundreds of time "Oh you'll win nothing, you have no history, all that money and you didn't even get in the champs league, the sheikh will get bored and walk away, your players are only in it for the money". What a load of bulls' hite. We're goingg to make our dtractors choke on their words and they all secretly know it.
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02/07/2010 09:39:00

i would personally love to see u guys win the title as long as us yids can still make top 4.lol it may take 2 more years but u will be the new force of english football and the best team in manchester and can finally take down the 34 yrs banner in the stretford end. ppl seem to have forgotten how chelsea got to where they are now especially as they havent really splashed the cash over the last 2 seasons. u will be hated especially by me but its good to know the prem can still afford the worlds best players cos i was worried everyone was off to spain
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02/07/2010 13:58:00

Good man and I have granted you 4th place.
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02/07/2010 23:17:00

Financial -fair-play, anyone? The rules came in because clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, And Madrid were just throwing cash and pushing their own franchise into debt. Then you have the Chelsea's and Villa's and of course - you - the Citeh. Who cheat by spending far beyond the means your little franchise could ever afford. 200k a week to any player? it's a joke - your players are a joke. you're a joke. And to make matters worse- your English players that you've uprooted are all going to be ignored and will all turn out like Scott Parker. Gareth Barry vs Yaya Toure. David Silva vs Adam Johnson. Kolarov vs Bridge. You are a disgrace to football and to the nation of England. But enjoy your time in the sun, enjoy all the succes you deserve... when the Financial_Fair-Play law comes in. It does not matter if you win the league by 50points. NO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE for you or your devoted stars. But i suppose you and your players are used to that. The only repectable clubs are Arsenal or Tottenham - they have built to where they have got. But you - what do you deserve, honestly?
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06/07/2010 08:52:00

Mellow you are a right hoot. The green-eyed monster act really had me splitting my sides. Can I point out to you that prior to this season that dear little Tottingham have respectably "built" what they've got did so by spending nearly as much as us. And if Arsenal scraping the top 4 every season whilst not spending anything is respectable, then I know a good few Arsenal fans who would gladly see their club spend some disreputable cash to win some disreputable silverware . Seriously mate, do you believe everything you read in the tabloid press? Now jog on with the rest of the flock.
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06/07/2010 10:13:00

do i care that man city have all this money, simply 'NO', i love football and my team, there is always gonna be teams that do what man city are doing, i do hope that they learn from the REAL MADRIDS of this world and that 11 superstars do not make a team, also i here people saying that they are spending to much on wages, which i have to agree with, but its there money and if they think its good value then so be it. FIFA and UEFA can bring all the rules they like in, but the wealthy teams will always find a way around it, or can someone please explain to me how Real Madrid can spend what they do and be that far in debt. All i will say to the city fans is enjoy the ride, be it last 1 year, 10 years or 100 years.
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06/07/2010 18:03:00

fithcolumnblue - Spurs have spent money within their means - Tottenham and Arsenal are the only 2 clubs that would pass the Fair Play law at present. Is that not a point, where the other 5 clubs should look at themselves? Yeh, we buy in players, but those are usually replacement players to the ones that have moved on for whatever reason - Keane, Berbatov, Carrick, Bent. those 4 alone raised nearly 80m. You can say Spurs spend a lot. But i think you'll find we have an equally high selling rate, that balances are books. Are you City fans, not in the least bit ashamed of what your club is doing? Are you not worried that you are being screwed by giving out huge contracts that your club will not be able to cover, without your Arab money?
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07/07/2010 08:43:00


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