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'Kamikaze' City and Real buy big
Man Utd boss Ferguson criticises spending as Real buy Mesut Ozil and City bag James Milner.
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2010 07:42 GMT
Ozil is moving to Real Madrid after helping Germany to the World Cup semi-finals [EPA]

The world's two big-spending clubs in Real Madrid and Manchester City continued their shopping spree on a day that Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson branded rivals' transfer activity "kamikaze".

Spanish media reported that Germany's World Cup star Mesut Ozil would move from Werder Bremen to Real for $19.29 million.

And English Premier League title pretenders City were on Wednesday on the verge of a $35.7 million deal for Aston Villa and England winger James Milner – after sending striker Craig Bellamy to second division Cardiff City on loan.

"Over the last two or three years we have seen very wealthy owners become part of football clubs and therefore go on this kamikaze effort to spend their money," Ferguson said.

Ferguson, whose own spending during the transfer window has been a relatively modest $31.24 million compared to the $186-million-plus splashed out by neighbours City, did not name any club.

"It is amazing the amounts of money that are being bandied about in the present-day game," he said at Old Trafford where United presented new young signings Chris Smalling, Bebe and Javier Hernandez.

"Some people may think it could be dangerous. But if they have that kind of money, they are certainly using it.

"I don't see it abating. The kind of spending we are seeing at the moment will be here for two or three years, until such time as they understand you can't necessarily achieve all the time by spending."

Ferguson has spent large amounts of money on players in the past but said that investment in younger players was far more beneficial to United now.

'Looked after'

"Young players develop if you are looking after them properly," said Ferguson.

"They do have a loyalty because they appreciate the education you give them as coaches. How we treat players is important. It is difficult to know what other clubs think. We are just the type of club who can do it.

"The foundations of this club were built on young people, going back to the 1950s. It has not really left.

"Maybe the difference is that other clubs don't have the consistency in manager and staff that Manchester United have."

United spent a club-record fee of $47 million on Dimitar Berbatov two years ago and with players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar all nearer the end of their careers than the beginning, Ferguson did not rule out buying big in the future.

"There will be a time when we have to buy a more mature player," he said.

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