Former Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge says the club's current players fear for their futures.
Burridge was recently invited to spend some time at the training ground by boss Mark Hughes and goalie coach Kevin Hitchcock.
Burridge, who now coaches Oman, told the News of the World: "With so much money in the club, I had expected the City players to be revelling in the optimism that comes with playing for the richest club in the world.
"But no, the feeling I got from the first team is one of fear. What could they be worried about?
"With cash to splash on top-class players like Robinho, the first team should be looking forward to an exciting season ahead, shouldn't they?
"No. As one first team player told me privately, the City lads are worried they will lose their jobs. If the new City owners make good their promise to sign any football superstars they can get their hands on, chances are the attrition rate among current players will be high."