It has been a decade since City were bought by the deputy Prime minister of United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Mansour thinks that they have not yet reached the pinnacle and are only halfway to it. The Abu Dhabi based Manchester City owner also promised his fans more silverware, and his rivals, more spendings.

Manchester City was bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 when they were financially broke and were unable to compete with the bigwigs of the league. What followed next, with Mansour coming in, spendings on some of the best talents of the game.

Manchester City and Sheikh Mansour have now been together for a decade and in the meantime, Mansour has delivered seven titles to the Citizens spending a whopping £1.3 billion ($1.7bn). The titles include three Premier League wins, three League Cups and an FA Cup triumph.

But with Champions League still to be won, Sheikh Mansour knows the spendings and the climbings are still to be done. Manchester City although were unbeatable in the league last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool brought the Citizens down on their knees. The best they have done in Champions League is reaching the semifinals where they were shown the exit doors by the eventual winners Real Madrid, in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season as City boss.

In an open letter to his club’s fans, Sheikh has written his vision down.

“So, what do the next ten years hold? I know you all remain ambitious and so do I.

“It feels that we are only half way up our Everest. There is much more to do and there is much more to win.


“That is why you will continue to see us strive to recruit the very best talent into this club and its sister organisations in all functions and at all levels.

“Khaldoon [Al Mubarak, City chairman] and I know that we will not get everything right all the time.

“As we continue on this journey I would ask you to please always bear with us and please be assured that, even when we stumble, we will try to remain true to our values and to make you proud of what we do and how we do it on your behalf.”

Manchester City bought eight players over the two transfer windows in the 2017-18 season, spending a total of £269m.