Will Manchester City money keep top stars?

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Things seem to be going pretty well for Manchester City at the moment.

Having won their first top-flight title in 44 years, the Citizens have since tied down manager Roberto Mancini to a long-term deal, and have a number of transfer irons in the fire if press reports are to be believed.

With their sights firmly set on the Champions League next season, and a new training facility being built just outside the Etihad Stadium, everything is moving forward at a pace that will certainly please the owners.

With huge financial backing from Abu Dhabi, City have been able to lure some of world football’s best players to the club, with huge wages the major draw. Success has since followed.

Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are three players to have joined the revolution, but whilst the Ivorian international insists he will be staying at the club, the Spanish pair continue to be linked with moves back home to Spain.

And, if City were to achieve their aim and win the Champions League next season, what would keep them at the club? Already mega-rich from their time at the club, would they be interested in attempting to create a legacy for stars of the future?

With Financial Fair Play around the corner, City won’t be able to continue in their current state too. They don’t currently meet the criteria, and could be punished with fines and expulsion from competitions in the future.

Does that mean they’ll have to sell players? Almost certainly, yes. For supporters, the question will be who goes, and who stays.

Carlos Tevez (cost, £47m), Edin Dzeko (£27m), Mario Balotelli (£24m), Aleksandar Kolarov (£19m), Kolo Touré (£16m), Adam Johnson (£7m), Stefan Savic (£6m) and David Pizarro (free) were all in the frame to leave back in May, according to The Guardian, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor is another who is expected to make way.

Take out Tevez and Balotelli, and the rest can go. That’s likely to be the reaction from City fans, who've seen a lot of players arrive for big money with mixed success.

The hope will be that a solid core - Hart, Kompany, Lescott, Yaya Toure, Silva and Aguero - stays in place long enough to make City a threat year-on-year both domestically and in Europe.

At the current time, it's difficult to see anything other than that happening.

However, it only takes one big name to fly the nest, to put question marks in the minds of other players, for things to start changing.

At one stage last season, when Tevez appeared certain to leave the club, City went through a rocky spell. Mancini managed to turn things around, but if it happens with a different player this season, will the Italian be able to reproduce the trick?

Time will tell. City could become one of European football's greatest ever sides, challenge for the Champions League every season and create a dynasty in the Premier League much like their currently more illustrious neighbours.

That said, the walls could crumbling down. As is the way with modern football, everything will rest with the players, and their desire to fulfill a long-term job at the club.

David Silva
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