Manchester City midfielder Vincent Kompany has praised the long-term vision of the club's Middle Eastern owners.
The Belgium international was brought to Eastlands from Hamburg in the opening weeks of Sheikh Mansour's ambitious reign in August 2008.
The Abu Dhabi United Group have set about transforming the perennial underachievers into one of the most powerful clubs in European football and Kompany is full of praise for the way their two-year spell at the helm has taken shape.
Kompany was one of the key players as City finished a club-high fifth in the Premier League last season.
"The owner clearly didn't come in just to buy a bunch of players, he came in with a vision – a project, something far more rewarding than just winning a trophy, something that's lasting," he told the club's official website.
"It's just a matter of time, because if people stick to what they want to do and don't give up, they get there. What is happening at City is much more than flash and cash.
"For me it's nothing to do with that, it's somebody coming in with a vision and wanting to realise that vision through any means necessary.
"That's the difference between a dream and a vision. City are prepared to do what it takes to succeed and the Sheikh doesn't see a problem as something that will stop him.
"The people in charge of City are the right people because they have the passion and motivation. If someone doesn't have that, they don't bother looking for ways to solve the problem."