Manchester City will be one of the biggest clubs in the world within the next decade, according to executive chairman Garry Cook.
Having spent so many years living in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours United, Cook said the club now had the foundations to make their mark on a global scale.
"I know this club will be one of the biggest clubs in the world in 10 years' time - I have no doubts about that," he said, reflecting on the fact 10 years ago City were playing York in the third tier of English football.
"But you can't do that with the flick of a switch. You have to do things over a period of time."
City are backed by the riches of the Abu Dhabi United Group, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.
They signalled their intentions by breaking the British transfer record to sign Real Madrid's Robinho for £32.5million in August.
With such financial muscle behind them Cook feels City will one day be able to compete with the giants of the world game.
He added: "Over the next few years you will see footballers that are world superstars start to want to be at Manchester City.
"I think we are going to step through some challenges, some twists and turns along the way, but ultimately everyone in this football club - including the owners - believes the next 10 years and the vision for the next 10 years is the most important part."
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