James Milner has insisted Manchester City were never going to be able to simply buy their way to the Barclays Premier League title.

Owner Sheik Mansour has reportedly invested more than £400million in a bid to make the club champions - money that looked well spent during the first half of the season - but in recent weeks City's form has stuttered and the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal severely dented their title bid.

"As a team, to move forwards, to keep improving, you have to work hard and be together for a number of years," he said. "Hopefully, we will keep improving as a team and moving forwards as a club."

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