Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stressed that his side were in need of new signings such as Jack Grealish in order to reach another level as a club.
The Cityzens broke the British transfer record to sign the Aston Villa midfielder, spending £100m to secure the services of the 25-year-old.
City will go in search of a fourth league title in the space of five seasons this campaign and will look to make the most of Grealish’s arrival as the club challenges for silverware.
Liverpool have been criticised for failing to continue strengthening after tasting success in recent seasons, though Guardiola has admitted such an approach would have made it ‘difficult’ for City to continue advancing.
“When a team in the last four or five years wins a lot – and we cannot deny that we won a lot and arrived at a new level in Europe – we need new players,” said Guardiola.
“Not many, but players that can raise the level of the players who stayed here for a long time. Otherwise, it’s difficult to continue to make a step forward.
“Every player here has to be under pressure… so when these type of players arrive, when you see Jack’s mentality and quality, that’s why we thought this was a guy who could help us maintain the level and try to raise it over the next few years.”
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Grealish will look to hit the ground running at the Etihad Stadium having completed his mega-money move and Guardiola has no doubts that the Birmingham-born midfielder will reach ‘another level’ with City.
“We don’t have any doubts he’ll help the way we play, but he wants to become a top, top international player, a better player than he is already,” stated the City boss.
“He arrives with an incredible positive things and ready to start to settle into the team.
“He is 25-years-old and has the best years in his career ahead. He made an exceptional contribution at Aston Villa he did amazingly there and he and can get to another level with us.”