City boss Hughes keeps local focus

MANCHESTER CITY manager Mark Hughes insists the club will never lose touch with its roots while he is in charge.

With a £210 million (€267m) takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group, backed by Sheikh Mansour, about to be completed, City fans are hoping for big-name signings in the January transfer window.

Some of those already at the club have been slaking their claim too, with Jo’s first goals following his £19m (€24m) move from CSKA Moscow giving City a 2-1 victory against Omonia Nicosia in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night.

Such is the changing landscape at the club that Jo is one of four Brazilians on the payroll. Record £32.5m (€40m) signing Robinho, Elano and former Nurnberg defender Glauber complete an impressive list.

However, Hughes is also looking closer to home as he continues to stamp his mark on the club, which is why he was delighted that Michael Johnson signed a new five-year deal this week.

“The key message is that if you are good enough you will prosper here,” he said.

“Michael, Micah and Daniel are players who all have a real feeling for the club. I believe that is important if you want to progress.”

Johnson was forced to miss the UEFA Cup match because of a groin problem and is doubtful for tomorrow’s Premier League match against Portsmouth.

Skipper Richard Dunne is convinced the Manchester-born midfielder has a bright future at City

“Jonno was one of our best players last season and we really missed him when he was out with injury,” said the Republic of Ireland defender.

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