Javi Garcia has taken a pot-shot at Manchester United, with the City signing claiming that he has 'undoubtedly' joined the biggest club in the world.
Garcia signed for the Citizens on deadline day, in the biggest deal of the final 24 hours in the summer transfer window. The 25 year old was a big coup for Roberto Mancini, who had bemoaned the club's lack of spending earlier in the week.
And in a clear effort to take a swipe at his new rivals United, Garcia says he has joined a club that is leagues ahead of the rest in England.
"Without a doubt, I'm at the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in Europe," he told Sky Sports. "So I'm very proud but also aware that I'm joining a great side full of top players.
"The Champions League group is a tough one but it'll be a lot of fun.
"The Real Madrid game is a great way to start out but we have the team and players to compete against any opposition."
For both City and United, last season's Champions League bouts were disappointing. Results didn't go City's way as they beat Bayern Munich in the final game of the group stages, while for United, a shock loss to Basel sealed their exit from the competition.
But this season both clubs are hoping to turn their European fortunes around, though Garcia faces a tough run if he hopes to take his side further with their group considered one of the most difficult in the initial stage.
City will play Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund before they can progress to the final 16, though with five incomings on deadline day including Garcia, the side will be planning on making it past their opposition with a fresh squad.
United, on the other hand, have what might be perceived as an easier group, though last season their temptation to become complacent was their undoing.