Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that critics need to look at the bigger picture and then judge the club as a whole.
Since vast sums of money were injected into Manchester City, they have won five trophies in the previous three years, which includes two Premier League titles.
It would be hard to believe for many City fans who saw their side promoted in 2002 that the noisy neighbours would be overshadowing their greatest rivals.
These vast sums of money however have come at a cost with City being one of the first clubs to be penalised by UEFA financial fair play rules.
Despite this the captain states that the owners are not just investing into the first team; they are building for the future with major financial developments into the academy and investment into the community.
Large investments have been made into the club which has meant that they have rose from mid table to be one of the powerhouses of World football.
The City skipper states that even with all of the investment, the club have not lost their heart or soul and that the recent success of the club is only the beginning.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Kompany said: “I will say it loud and clear: at Manchester City, it is all about what you choose to look at. If you look at the money spent on players you will only ever see that side of City. If you look at the bigger plan, which is investment in the community, facilities and youth teams, you realize there is heart and soul in this club. That is the reason why I am not shy to say this is a great club. The future is bright for Manchester City but this is only the beginning.”
Kompany is also captain of the Belgium national squad, who currently have their “Golden Generation” participating at the World Cup.
The transition between club football and international football has been made easier for Kompany because honesty is a key feature that links both of his managers.
“Wilmots and Pellegrini are completely different characters but the one thing that links the two men is their honesty. When you are around top players the last thing a manager can afford to do is to play games. It is better to be honest and they both are very honest and dedicated to their jobs.”
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