Manchester City have become of Europe’s superpowers in recent seasons and a 2010 Fifa World Cup finalist believes they are now a more attractive club to some players than FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Speaking after Vincent Kompany’s testimonial match on Wednesday, former City and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong praised the Citizens' growth and shared his view that there has been a momentum shift among Europe’s top clubs.
"There are more players coming in and it's due to the fact people will choose Manchester City now over other teams," De Jong said, as reported by the TuttoMercato.
"City, back in the day, you had to come in and say, 'Listen, here's the contract, here's the big money, come play for us', instead of watching the whole culture.
"Now (some players would) rather choose Manchester City over Barcelona or Madrid. That is a change, a momentum shift.
"United as well. I think a player would rather choose City at this moment than the other side of town.
"It is what it is, that's football. It shifts. We'll see how it goes."
De Jong made 137 appearances for City between 2009 and 2012 and was part of the squad that won the FA Cup in 2011 and the league title a year later.
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