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City are the new Chelsea – and they don’t care

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Nigel De Jong is not worried that Manchester City are becoming the Barclays Premier League team that everyone loves to hate, following their recent rise to prominence.

With the financial backing of owner Sheik Mansour, the Eastlands outfit has quickly become a force to be reckoned with domestically and in Europe.

After ending the club's 35-year wait for silverware last season with the capture of the FA Cup, Roberto Mancini's side also successfully qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

Whilst De Jong admits City's style might not be to everyone's liking, he is confident the squad can change the perception by bringing continued success to the Citizens.

"We have taken over the role Chelsea experienced," De Jong told the Manchester Evening News. "During away matches you feel the hate for us in the stadiums and nobody wants us to be successful.

"That stopped at Chelsea when they won the championship and that will probably be the same for us.

"After we won the FA Cup I sensed there were changes in attitudes. City is still the working class club and we have to keep it like that but gradually we are getting better players and a more international allure."

With Mancini again expected to be busy in the transfer market as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the title, the Dutch midfielder urged fans to be patient for further silverware.

"It's all about forming a team that is going to be one of the top clubs in Europe," he continued. "It won't happen in a year and everyone is aware of that, we're realistic but remain very ambitious."

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