Nigel de Jong believes Manchester City’s nouveau riche status means they are attracting the same detractors who knocked Chelsea in the wake of their takeover by Roman Abramovich.
According to the Dutch midfielder, City stars have to cope with an atypically hostile reception whenever they play away from home because fans of rival clubs begrudge the money Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has to spend on new signings.
This was the case when Abramovich funded a huge spending spree soon after taking control at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo, Adrian Mutu and Joe Cole brought in for big money.
Meanwhile, City have brought in Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure in recent seasons to name but a few.
In an interview with the Sun, De Jong said he is hopeful that City will be given an easier rise once they have secured the Premier League title and show that the money has been well spent.
“During away matches you feel the hate for us in the stadiums and nobody wants us to be successful,” he told the news provider.
“We have taken over the role Chelsea experienced.
“That stopped when Chelsea won the championship and that will probably be the same for us.”
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