Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has expressed his approval at the club's transfer activity this summer, despite the club shelving their usual big-spending habits.
Financial Fair Play sanctions prevented City from splashing the cash on a host of big-money signings, so instead they focused on their existing stars - offering new deals to no fewer than five first team players.
Kompany himself signed a lucrative new four-year-deal during the off-season and was joined by Samir Nasri, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, while Edin Dzeko and Aleksander Kolarov signed four-year extensions, leaving the skipper delighted.
The decision by the City board to tie down a host of key first-team players to long-term contracts is something that has impressed Kompany, and he believes it was a sign of intent as the club look to bolster their trophy cabinet.
Belgian defender Kompany told France Football: "To me the most important thing was not that I signed, but that I saw David Silva, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure doing the same.
"That was a strong signal. All of those players could play for the top teams in the world, but they have decided to show faith in City and the project at the club.
"Personally, I have a very strong relationship with the club, so the decision to extend my stay was easy. I am looking to the future."
And it doesn't look like City have finished yet, with goalkeeper Joe Hart reportedly in talks to extend his stay at the Etihad by another five-years.
Who did come in?
The Premier League champions may have made the headlines for the players they've kept rather than big-name signings, but that's not to say they didn't invest in talented new arrivals.
French defender Eliaquim Mangala arrived for a fee of nearly £32 million from Portuguese giants Porto and was joined by teammate Fernando who completed a £12million switch, but the pair represent the only big-money buys of the summer.
Fellow new boy Willy Caballero cost just £4.4 million from Malaga, while Arsenal man Bacary Sagna arrived on a free transfer and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard signed on loan from New York City, the Manchester City-owned MLS franchise.
It wasn't all arrivals and new contracts at City this summer, and Kompany believes the number of departures forced the club to act in the transfer market.
He added: "The summer reinforcements? People should see that as logical for a team like us, to get reinforcements every year.
"We are forced to.That is a fact. Joleon Lescott is leaving? We must get reinforcements for that position. Javi Garcia is leaving us? We have to add a player in that position."
Having spent just under £50 million in the summer window, City had a comparatively cheap summer compared to their Premier League rivals.
Manchester United spent a mammoth £150 million in an attempt to bounce back from a terrible last campaign, while Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also outspent the Premier League champions.
And it wasn't just title rivals who parted with more cash than City, even Southampton did, though their spending was offset by the sale of a number of their talented young players.
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