Mark Hughes hits back at Ferguson criticism

Mark Hughes has hit back at criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson over Manchester City's summer spending spree. The Citizens completed the signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester United for a fee of £26.5m.

Ferguson branded City's summer signings as 'stupid' and 'unrealistic' yesterday. However, Hughes responded to the criticism: "We haven't had the benefit of Champions League money over a long period and we haven't had the success to generate the large amounts of money."

"All the squads and managers have spent large amounts to be successful. That has never changed. We are trying to be successful and, to do that, we have to spend money," the City manager said. "We understand how people may view us at this time, when times are hard financially for a lot of people. But football sometimes bucks that trend, almost always, certainly at the top level."

The former Manchester United player rubbished claims that City had paid over the odds for Tevez. "I think in this current age, and given some of the other transfers this summer, notably Ronaldo to Real Madrid, Carlos will prove a bargain," he said.

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