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Manchester City players already focusing on next season, insists Brian Kidd

Assistant manager warns rivals that, while it may be too early to talk of dynasties, the newly crowned champions are concentrating on retaining their title.

Roberto Mancini celebrates with assistant manager Brian Kidd
Roberto Mancini celebrates with assistant manager Brian Kidd

Manchester City assistant boss Brian Kidd insists the newly crowned Premier League champions have already put their title success behind them to focuss on next season.

City claimed their first title in 44 years with a final day thriller, pipping rivals Manchester United to the trophy.

But having tasted regular success at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant, Kidd knows the players must remain focused to build on their championship success.

"It is no good settling for (winning) the championship," he said at the launch of a charity initiative in Manchester.

"You have got to be hungry, you have got to go on and you have got to want more.

"The fans enjoyed it but, on the Monday morning, we started again."

City's title win came after the previous season's FA Cup success, and Kidd says the results lay a good foundation for the Eastlands side to achieve greater success in years to come.

"There is a long way to go before people can start talking about dynasties.

"Manchester City won the FA Cup. Now they have won the league. It is a good start.

"Hopefully we can build off that."

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