City owner wants Premier League title

Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour has spoken for the first time about his ambitions for the club, and admitted that winning the Premier League title is his main priority.

The billionaire has invested the money necessary to transform the Etihad Stadium outfit into serious title contenders, and he is hoping that his investment is rewarded with success this season.

“We must not forget that our main objective is to win the English Premier League and if we achieve that, then it will have an impact on the team and the club as a whole and will show we can achieve anything,” he told Al Ittihad newspaper.

Mansour was also full of praise for Roberto Mancini, and will back the Italian coach despite doubts over the manager’s decisions being raised.

“Sometimes I meet a lot of Emirati and Arab brothers in London, and see them criticise the work of Roberto Mancini, but I think that his plans are going on the right path.

“We have to ask ourselves where we have been and what Manchester City have become now. To realise that what we have accomplished is great.

“Hard work is still required but we are all satisfied with what has been achieved, the success and development at this level. However you must have patience,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight