"Most of the developments visible today are the result of a carefully crafted strategy - one in which organic evolution has also been allowed to thrive", said Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman of City Football Group, which administers the club under the ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group.
"City wanted me", he says in an interview for the Premier League Show. Restored to the team after recent criticism, the Germany winger capped a memorable week after becoming a father to a baby girl with a goal. According to The Times, Sterling, who now earns £175k a week, wants a 100k a week pay rise which would see him become one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.
It leaves City - who became the first English club to amass 100 points in a single season under Pep Guardiola last term - trailing only Manchester United (£581 million) in revenue terms among the Premier League elite.
"I don't use his style, I use my style and my players", Jokanovic told a news conference.
But this season, Bernardo Silva was the first one. "When I see the World Cup, I think I would like to be there".
With that Barcelona team possessing arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game in Lionel Messi, and the outstanding midfield duo of the generation in Xaxi and Iniesta, it's hard to make a strong case for City playing against this side.
"The season will be judged in 11 months - not three weeks".
They have looked sharp once again so far in the early stages of the campaign, though there have been some minor slip-ups, something which didn't happen often during their dominant surge last season. And this goes for all areas, from the goalkeeper through to the striker. In the past, some of my trainers had focused more on attack, others more on defence - but he covers the whole pitch.
"My teams are going to try to play how I want", he said to Jorge Valdano on Universo Valdano.
"I don't need to explain to my players when they miss passes or if they don't cross well".
In his time at the club the World Cup victor has gone on to win three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups.