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Javi Garrido recalls start of Sheikh Mansour Man City era

Javi Garrido has recalled his time with Manchester City.

The former Real Sociedad fullback joined City in 2007 and spent three years with the club, where he experienced the beginning of the Sheikh Mansour era.

He told AS: "The City that I found in 2007 has nothing to do with this one now. It is true that you could tell that it was already a club in revolution, that wanted new things. The owner was the Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was later dismissed in his country and then they already made a first effort with some signings like Petrov, Bianchi, Elano, Caicedo... It was like the first stone of what was going to happen the following season, already with the arrival of the sheikhs.

"The signings of Robinho, Kompany, Zabaleta, Bridge arrived... then, in the third year that I was there, Tevez, Vieira, Adebayor, Kolo Touré arrived... Year after year the evolution was great.

"It was clear that the objective was double: to reinforce the team, but also to form a solid club structure with its own training camps, medical staff, technical staff... A lot of importance was given to the organisation."

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