Man City squad is best in Premier League, says Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the club's summer transfer business has made his squad the best in the Premier League.
The Chilean, who took charge at Etihad Stadium in June, has spent almost £90m on four signings and says Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Stevan Jovetic make City the team to beat.
Top four's summer signings
Manchester United: Guillermo Varela (Atletico Penarol, undisclosed)
Manchester City: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22m), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla, £20m) Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £14.9m)
Chelsea: Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18m), Mario van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, undisclosed) Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free)
Arsenal: Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, free)
He said: "I think we have the best squad in England.
"We already had a very good team and, with these four players, we improved."
He added: "We hope that we will start winning from the first match against Newcastle at home. We will try to bring another trophy here."
Meanwhile, City striker Sergio Aguero should be fit for the start of the new season.
The Argentina international, signed for a reported £38m from Atletico Madrid in 2011, is due to return to training next week having not featured for the club since injuring his knee in the post-season friendly against Chelsea in May.
But City will be missing Serbia defender Matija Nastasic for the first month of the season with an ankle problem. The 20-year-old was injured in last month's Asia Trophy final win over Sunderland.
His absence means England international Joleon Lescott could be given the chance to partner Vincent Kompany at centre-back.