He said the attraction of City was no different to the appeal both Manchester United and Chelsea have had for players in the past — and that City could not be blamed if big-name players were attracted to them.
Asked about the perceived shift in the balance of power between the two Manchester clubs, Mancini said: “Life changes. I don't think one club can [dominate] for 10 or 15 years.
“It is impossible for a club to continue that.
“It was the same situation a few years ago at Chelsea, and maybe 10-15 years ago at Manchester United.
“All clubs who can spend money get this criticism.
“Next year though it can change because the rules are changing [through financial fair play rules.] But at this moment if one club has money to spend then it is normal [that they want to spend it].
Mancini did not rule out the need for another top-line striker — “it depends,” he said — and after initially suggesting that no move for the player would be likely come January, he later rowed back on that.
“Maybe. Also in January we can change some players, I don't know.
“It will depend on our situation in January — if we have injuries to a couple of players. Or we might be going well,” Mancini said.
“I'm not surprised [Wayne Rooney wants to leave] because the [football] world changes.
“All the players can change every year if they want. I don't think there are 100 fantastic players in the world.
“There are maybe 15 who can change a squad. And if these players have a chance to leave [to better themselves] then this is normal.”
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