The City Summary (November 29, 2013)

Vincent Kompany is finally over the thigh injury that has sidelined him for two months, but won’t quite ready to make his return on Sunday against Swansea.

Pellegrini revealed today that Kompany is almost ready to go, but Silva and Jovetic will be out a little longer, with the Bayern Munich game the likely return date for those two. This means they will miss two difficult away games against West Brom and Southampton.

Jack Rodwell is back from another injury, hopefully for good this time, and is available to play against Swansea should he be selected.

The bad news though (and you knew with four on their way back, there had to be some) is that Matija Nastasic is out for around three weeks with the calf injury he suffered recently, so the reliable Kompany and Nastasic tandem will be kept apart even longer.

Swansea have problems of their own as we posted earlier, with star strikers Michu and Wilfried Bony both set to miss the weekend game, along with right-back Angel Rangel who limped off at the end of Swansea’s Europa League clash against Valencia last night.

Joleon Lescott is fighting for his City future, with his £90,000-per-week contract due to expire at the end of the season and no new deal on the table.

Lescott spoke quite freely to the press about his current situation and future:

“I want to stay. That’s the main thing. But the club have not approached me yet, so I don’t know what the situation is with them.

“If I’m playing for my future here, then great. If I’m playing for it elsewhere, then so be it. I just know that every time I’m out there, I have to perform at a level where top clubs would be interested in signing me.

“It depends on what the club wants and what opportunities there are for me in January.

“I’m not just going to leave a club like this for the sake of it, but at the end of the season I would have to.

“It’s hard not playing. No professional enjoys it and I’m no different. It’s not great not playing in the last year of my contract.

“I just want to be treated the same as everyone else. So if I’m playing and the team is winning, then I stay in the team, the same as everyone else.

“Realistically, there is only one place up for grabs when Vinny is fit. There are three of us for fighting for that. But I’m ready for the challenge.

“I try not to doubt myself and I try to believe I can perform.”

Sergio Ramos was recently linked with a big money move to City, and while there is no evidence yet to suggest City really want him, there are reports he could be on his way out of Real Madrid.

According to various agencies in Spain, Ramos has fallen out with both Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Carlos Ancelotti, and Perez is reported to have said he’d even sell Ramos to Barcelona if they pay £55m for him.

Even though he is a fantastic player, good in the centre of defence or on the right, no one is going to pay £55m for Ramos. However, if relations between Ramos, one of the icons of Real Madrid along with Iker Casillas, and the club have really fallen apart, a good offer might tempt them into selling.

Will City go for him? That isn’t known, but City and Chelsea are both currently linked with a move for the Spain star.

I’m sure Negredo wouldn’t mind some crosses like this from his right-back!

It was never very clear exactly what Angelo Gregucci did at City in his year at the club. Originally he was said to be a defensive coach brought in to help set up Mancini’s failed 3-5-2 formation, but he seemed to be more of a scout and was photographed watching Javi Garcia play for Benfica shortly before City signed him.

One thing Gregucci was known for, in Italy at least, was his willingness to share City’s transfer plans and interests with just about anyone.

Gregucci still comments on City a lot and said on Sport Uno earlier that City had commissioned him last season to write a report on 19-year-old Italian striker Domenico Berardi, who joined Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer and is currently back on loan at Sassuolo.

Gregucci reckons that despite Juventus winning the race to sign Berardi, City director of football Txiki Begiristain is still interested in him.

Berardi has scored 7 goals in 9 games for Sassuolo so far this season, after helping them win promotion to Serie A last year.


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