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Thaskin wants Europe in two years from Sven

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been set the target of taking Manchester City into Europe within two years by the Blues' ambitious new owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

The former England boss has opted not to go public with his own aims for the future but having spent £40million on new players since replacing Stuart Pearce, and with the prospect of more to come, Eriksson knows the pressure is on him to deliver.

Thaksin is wise enough to understand it may take some time for Eriksson's revamped squad to hit top form.

But he does have clear ideas about where he sees the Swede taking City in the short term.

'This season, I feel we should be able to finish in the top 10,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'The second season we should be aiming for the top six and qualifying for Europe.

'I accept the first year is a learning curve but we should start to be successful by the third. That is what I would expect.'

Eriksson's triple swoop on the transfer market yesterday took the number of new arrivals to seven.

Bizarrely, given the number of Premiership games he watched during his time in charge of the national side, not one of his signings has ever played in England before.

Defensive duo Javi Garrido and Vedran Corluka, plus Brazil midfielder Elano are the latest stars to join the Eriksson bandwagon, with Bulgarian forward Valeri Bojinov set to complete his own move to Eastlands from Fiorentina shortly.

City fans will get their first opportunity to examine their new-look side in tomorrow's high-profile clash with Valencia but Thaksin is already happy with what he has seen.

'I am pleased with what Sven has done,' he said.

'He has set about reshaping the side and has handled both the existing players and the new ones very well. He has given everyone their chance.

'Sven has proved to be quite a draw when it comes to signing players. His name and reputation have proved to be valuable.

'There is more money to spend if he feels he needs it but we will not be held to ransom by other clubs.'