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Oct 17, 2009

City's Hughes planning minimal adjustments in January

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes says that he is only planning to make minimal adjustments to his squad in the January transfer window and not ''throw money'' at anyone.

Hughes remains content with his business in the summer when international players Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz were all drafted in. After attending a City board meeting in Abu Dhabi this week, Hughes emphasised that the days of wholesale changes were over.

He said: "What people must understand is that our business in the last window was unprecedented. That will not happen again. This notion that we will throw money at whatever player, that is not the case.

"We do not feel we need to go into the market to the extent we did in the last two windows. It about looking at players for areas of the team that still need strengthening. Those are the ones we will target. It will not be wholesale comings and goings, I can assure you of that."

Hughes, who is enjoying healthy financial support from the Abu Dhabi United group, headed by Sheikh Mansour, believes they are making good progress.

He said: "Positive messages came out of the board meeting. We are very pleased with the way things are going from a football point of view and a business point of view. We are in good shape. It is about making sure we continue in the same vein."

After making whole changes in the summer it was generally expected that Hughes' new additions would take time to come together as a team. But Hughes scoffed at that notion and said: "People were suggesting the gelling of the team might be a difficulty for us but it is plainly obvious we have addressed that.

"The team has come together very quickly - they are good players. It is easier for good players to have an understanding of what is required. We are very comfortable with how the season has started. It is only a positive start, that's all. It is a platform for us to go forward."

City have already taken seven points on the road this season after amassing only 11 in the whole of last campaign.

Hughes said: "We have more players with Premier League experience, who have an understanding of what is needed to win games at this level. We look more solid. Sometimes you have to dig in more when you are away in the Premier League and we have been able to do that. We are pleased at how things are going in that respect. It is a marked improvement."

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