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The disappointing performance in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal was followed by a week of solid silver linings for Manchester City supporters.
The Etihad Stadium team were lacklustre in their 3-0 loss to the Gunners at Wembley, but things soon picked up with the confirmation of the arrival of defender Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto on Monday, as the club's official website reported.
The France international became the club's sixth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Frank Lampard, Fernando and Bruno Zuculini.
However, the real joy for City fans came in the form of the new contracts signed by David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero later in the week, as the Daily Telegraph reported.
Just over one year ago, some City supporters were unhappy at the sacking of Roberto Mancini and less than impressed with the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini in his place, as David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror noted.
Fast forward beyond the Capital One Cup win and the Premier League title, and the situation is remarkably different, with the supporters now seemingly fully behind the Chilean.
The new arrivals this summer have given City further depth to their squad ahead of the defence of their title, but the new deals for Aguero, Kompany and Silva are something beyond the hopes of the fans.
Aguero had been linked with a move to Barcelona to link up with close friend, Lionel Messi, earlier this summer, as Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star reported.
City captain Kompany was also rumoured to be interesting Camp Nou officials, according to Mundo Deportivo, via ITV Sport.
Both players have now committed themselves to City on five-year deals.
However, the new contract for Silva is, arguably, the best piece of business Pellegrini and City could have done this summer.
The Spain international represents the major attacking threat of the team, and his form in the Premier League was a significant factor in City reclaiming the title last season.
But no footballer signs an extended deal at a club where he is disgruntled with the manager. Obviously, Aguero, Kompany and Silva will rarely struggle for a starting place for Pellegrini, but committing their long-term futures to City serves to underline their belief in the Chilean.
Believability Meter: High
Few City supporters will remember such an auspicious week. Indeed, only the arrival of Sheikh Mansour and his billions could match the delirium of the past seven days.
The extended deals for City's star men are a massive boost ahead of the new campaign, but those signings can be attributed to Pellegrini and the belief his players have in him.