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Petrov claims a lack of trust undermines Man City

September 2, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Bolton winger Martin Petrov has painted an unflattering portrait of his former club Manchester City, claiming there is no trust at Eastlands and that a collection of highly-paid stars are failing to gel into a team.

Martin Petrov challenges Julien Faubert
GettyImagesMartin Petrov challenges Julien Faubert

Petrov departed City over the summer after failing to secure a regular place in Roberto Mancini's side and has thrived at Bolton, starting all three of the club's Premier League games so far this season.

The Bulgaria winger, who will face England at Wembley on Friday, says City will struggle for success if they do not transform the environment at the club.

"At the moment at City people are becoming more bad than good," Petrov is quoted in The Sun. "The human relationships are lost and the trust is lost too.

"In this situation the players are going to play like millionaires in games and are not a team on the pitch.

"100% no, I don't miss City. If I accepted their one-year offer now I would be on loan somewhere else. At City nothing is clear. The team are looking for identity."

His criticisms have been echoed by another former Manchester City player in Benjani, who has joined Blackburn on a free transfer. He said: "It sounds great [at City], but in football money is not everything.

"What is needed is people who can hang around and love you to be there. Sometimes you are loved to be there because of money, which is not good. I would prefer to be here without having all those facilities, be happy and trust everyone around you."

When asked whether he thought some members of the City squad were interested in money more than anything else, Benjani said: "Yes, it seemed like that and behind the scenes, there is no trust. I would prefer to play for a club where you are being trusted and you trust everyone around you.''

Meanwhile, Petrov is expected to start for his country when Bulgaria get their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign under way against England on Friday night.

The winger believes Bulgaria are capable of causing an upset against an England team still dealing with the fall-out from a shocking World Cup campaign.

"There's pressure for us, too, because we want to qualify but there is more for England," Petrov said. "Everyone knows that England have big names and very good players but I don't think they have a team. I don't know why.

"If you take out each player and analyse them individually, they are very good players. They have a big manager, too, but they just don't do it. It is a difficult time for England now and maybe that will be good for us."