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De Bruyne insists Manchester City needed to spend £210m to turn ageing squad into title contenders

Date Posted,August 25, 2017

Kevin de Bruyne claims Manchester City’s record £210million summer splurge was necessary to rejuvenate their ageing squad.

City have been the Premier League’s biggest spenders, splashing the cash to land the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva, while they also want Alexis Sanchez and Jonny Evans.

De Bruyne has defended their huge outlay, claiming Pep Guardiola needed new blood to replace all their departed players.

“We will try to win, but I think everybody invests a lot,” said the Belgium star. “We invested a lot of money on six or seven players.

“I think Manchester United spent a little bit less money for three players, so maybe they spent on average more money than us.

Guardiola has had to spend big money this summer (Image: AFP)
Kyle Walker is among those to arrive at the Etihad (Image: Getty)

“Other teams like Tottenham didn’t really spend, but we had a lot of players released so we needed players to come otherwise we wouldn’t have had the squad to play.

“There’s a project going on and I think if everyone looks at the big picture, they see that a lot of the older players were released.

“We bought players who were almost all 23 or under so it’s a new team. It’s a new project and it takes time and it takes money.”

De Bruyne is pleased Liverpool made it through to the Champions League because they and Chelsea benefited last season from not being in Europe.

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The playmaker feels the record five English sides in Europe’s elite competition are now all in the same boat regarding their Premier League schedules.

“I think the Champions League is probably the biggest cup for club teams to play, and I think everybody wants to compare clubs in the biggest leagues,” said de Bruyne ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.

“It’s very good for England to have five teams now so everybody is a little bit on the same schedules, same levels so it can also make it very exciting for the Premier League.”

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