Stand by for the North-South divide widening to a chasm.
That’s the view of City’s Martin Petrov, who believes the Blues are primed and ready to join forces with the north-west’s other major forces and shift football’s balance of power.
The Bulgarian international winger, whose snapped knee ligament kept him on the sidelines for most of last term, believes that owner Sheikh Mansour’s investment in all areas of the club will catapult the Blues towards the top of the table.
“City want success and the money we have will help us to become a better team and become as good as Arsenal and Chelsea,” he insisted.
“Before Chelsea got their investment, they were no better than we are now so we know that if we spend well we can challenge for trophies and titles in the future.”
Petrov, who has spent the summer preparing himself for an all-out assault on a place in Mark Hughes’ future plans, is positive that the days of false dawns at City are a thing of the past.
He admits he is indebted to the club’s supporters for helping him through what was a difficult twelve months and has urged them to believe that their favourites are destined for great things.
“I would like to thank the fans for being behind me throughout my time at City, even when I have been injured,” he declared. “They should believe in this team because all we need is time.
Last season we were excellent at home and poor away, but if you give us one or two years, we can cause a big shift in the League.
*Read more of this interview in this month’s edition of the City Magazine which is out now and contains an in-depth chat with Shaun Wright-Phillips.