The City Summary (January 26, 2014)

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City today discovered that they will face Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th Round, one of two huge matches drawn out of the bag (the other being Arsenal vs. Liverpool).

The good news is that this will take place at Fortress Etihad, where City have been so strong this season.

The bad news is that it falls just before the Barcelona home game and City would ideally have liked to make wholesale changes, but if they do that now it risks an FA Cup exit.

The English powers-that-be have often been criticised for not helping out their teams in Europe, but will surely have to put this game on the Saturday (February 15), or else City will be playing Chelsea on Sunday (February 16) and Barcelona on Tuesday (February 18).

Chelsea have no European game that week, so don’t have that worry and will be able to field their strongest side no matter what.

Either way, this is a season of blockbuster games for City! And those on the FA Cup scheme are assured that tickets will be priced no more than £25 for the Chelsea game, as stipulated by the club.


Yaya Toure has admitted that he may quit international football after this year’s World Cup.

Yaya, who turns 31 in May, has been considering his international career for some time, especially after back-to-back African Cup of Nations tournaments in 2012 and 2013 meant City were without him for many important games.

The World Cup would be an ideal time for him to bow out and would mean he could skip the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.

Africa’s best footballer said:

“I will see what happens at the World Cup. It’s a very difficult decision and I want to do it at the right moment.

“I am thinking about it, but I haven’t decided when it will happen.

“I want to leave with a good name, in a good moment. The generation of players we have has always been regarded as something special, so we all want to give something good to remember.”


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City are long-term admirers PSG and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi and according to Canal+ in France, have offered him a bumper £8m signing-on fee to snub PSG’s new contract offer and join the Blues on a free transfer next summer.

26-year-old Matuidi is an excellent holding midfielder who Carlo Ancelotti described as one of Europe’s best last season, and PSG’s president was recently adamant that he will sign a new deal.

It’s thought that some legal issues with his former agent are holding up the new contract and that City are using this time to try and convince him to swap Paris for Manchester, with wages of around £100,000-per-week said to be on offer.

Matuidi is very happy in Paris and it has been expected for a while now that he’ll stay, but City’s offer of a big signing-on fee, a good wage and playing in a superior league may tempt him.

City have dealt with his current agent, the notorious Mino Raiola, before, when signing and selling Mario Balotelli, and Txiki is reported to have been in dialogue with him.

Garcia has improved considerably lately, but City still rely too much on Yaya and Fernandinho, and the addition of a top level midfielder like Matuidi would give Pellegrini more options.


Another midfielder linked with City today is Benfica’s highly rated 20-year-old, André Gomes.

Benfica have just sold Gomes’ rights to super-agent Jorge Mendes for £12.5m, giving Mendes full power to sell the Portugal U21 international to another club this January.

A Bola names only City as a potential destination for Gomes, described as a technically excellent young prospect, while UK-based sources suggest he has been offered to Liverpool.

Gomes is not yet a regular for Benfica, playing mostly for their B team in Portugal’s Segunda Liga, and is a work in progress, so whoever signs him is likely to loan him out or put him into their reserve team.

City’s signing of Bruno Zuculini, another highly rated midfielder who will join in June, may limit their interest in a player of a similar age and position.


Two months ago I wrote an article on the FA Youth Cup winning side of 2007/08.

One of the stars of that team was Vladimir Weiss, who City staff and fans had huge hopes for. But at the age of 24, the Slovakian winger is becoming something of a journeyman and his latest move has left many startled.

Weiss has been a regular this season for Greek champions Olympiacos, who have just signed Abdisalam Ibrahim from City, even playing regularly in the Champions League and scoring a wonder goal against PSG.

Yet he has made the strange choice to join Qatari side Lekhwiya SC. No doubt the money will be good there, but at 24 surely he should be wanting to play in Europe and in the Champions League.

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The City Summary (January 20, 2014)

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Stevan Jovetic and Jack Rodwell both trained normally today and are in the provisional squad to face West Ham at Upton Park tomorrow.

City are 6-0 up from the first leg and unless the most incredible of all “Typical City” moments occurs tomorrow, the Blues are heading to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final.

This gives Pellegrini the opportunity to rest whoever he wants as City’s non-stop fixture pile-up continues, and could mean starts or at least appearances off the bench for Jovetic and Rodwell.

Pellegrini hasn’t given any official update today on who might play or miss out tomorrow, but Marcos Lopes also trained with the first team today so could again be involved.

Micah Richards trained separately and is suffering some stiffness in a leg, nothing serious but the same problem that kept him out on Saturday.

With Sam Allardyce admitting West Ham will field pretty much a full strength team, Pellegrini may risk City’s incredible unbeaten streak of 17 games if he significantly weakens the team.

But with a 6-0 lead and huge games against Spurs and Chelsea on the horizon, it would be worthwhile gamble to keep some of our overworked players fresh.


Turkish news source NTV Spor released some (alleged) quotes today from Joleon Lescott where he (allegedly) said: “I want to play football and join Besiktas.”

Besiktas were the first team to be linked with Lescott in the January transfer window, but these quotes seemed out of character from a man who has been a perfect professional at City.

The Turkish media have a tendency to exaggerate or blatantly lie, as we saw when Kolo Toure was supposed to be leaving City for two or three Turkish sides, but didn’t.

So it’s no surprise that Lescott’s representatives have quickly come out and confirmed he never made those comments.

It isn’t out of the question that Lescott could still leave this month, but if he does it will most likely be to a Premier League side, with West Ham having already offered him a lucrative financial package if City sanction his departure.


Harry Bunn has ended his 13 year association with City by joining Huddersfield Town on a permanent basis.

The 21-year-old striker has been on loan at Huddersfield and playing for their U21 team, but he and City reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract, allowing him to join the Championship side permanently until the end of the season.

Bunn, son of former City reserve team coach Frankie Bunn (who now works at Huddersfield with another ex-City coach Steve Eyre), was a very prolific goal scorer for City’s youth teams.

He hasn’t yet been able to reproduce his youth record at senior level during several loan moves, but has a long career ahead of him and we wish him the best of luck.


Inter Milan are keen on promising City defender Karim Rekik, according to Sky Italia transfer master Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Serie A club sent scouts to watch both Rekik and Memphis Depay play for PSV against Ajax yesterday, a game PSV narrowly lost 1-0.

19-year-old Rekik is one of City’s best youth prospects and is very highly regarded by City chiefs, particularly Patrick Vieira who said in 2012 it would be a failure if Rekik doesn’t make it at City.

Rekik has played well for PSV, despite the club struggling after a promising start to the season, and has even captained them.

He was called up for the Dutch senior national team last August, but an injury that required surgery deprived him of what could have been a first cap.

Despite Inter’s interest, City are unlikely to entertain offers for the Dutchman who has been with the club since he was 16.


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Less than 24 hours after their narrow defeat to Real Madrid, City’s promising under-16 team was again in action today in the ALKASS International Cup against Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol.

City made wholesale changes again, with 14-year-old Brahim starting and setting up City’s first goal, scored by Joe Hardy.

In an eventful last 15 minutes, City won TWO penalties, the first of which was soft and saw Kashiwa’s goalkeeper sent off. Both penalties were scored by Ghanaian youngster Collins Tanor.

The match finished 3-0 to City and Barcelona’s win over Aspire Qatar sets up a mouthwatering match for 5th place on Wednesday between City and Barca. This is scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm GMT on Wednesday and will be streamed online.


If you missed our morning exclusive, City are on the trail of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, and could challenge Real Madrid for the 19-year-old starlet.

Click here for more details on that, including Roberto Martinez’s opinion on the Spain international.

The City Summary (January 19, 2014)

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Wolfsburg want to re-sign club legend Edin Dzeko from City as part of an ambitious recruitment campaign, according to Die Welt in Germany.

Backed by the millions of Volkswagen, Wolfsburg have been known as one of the Bundesliga’s big spenders, with heavy net spend every year.

Some bad investments have seen the 2008/09 German champions fall out of contention in recent years, but the £17m signing of Brazil midfielder Luis Gustavo from Bayern Munich in August followed by £17m signing of Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea this month shows they mean business again.

Now, according to Die Welt, they have Dzeko in their sights, the man who scored 85 goals in 142 games before City splashed out £27m for him over three years ago. Wolfsburg want a return to the Champions League and feel that Dzeko up front could help the cause.

It’s hard to see City sanctioning the January sale of Dzeko, who is in the best form of his City career and looks very happy. Letting an in-form striker go now would threaten City’s push for four trophies and with Jovetic yet to prove his fitness, there would be the risk of just two available strikers in the tough months to come.

Next summer could be a different story. Dzeko will have just 12 months left on his deal come June and City will either have to sell him or offer him a new contract.

If Dzeko continues to play like he has been and fully accepts Pellegrini’s rotation system, a new contract may be on the cards. Otherwise, the likes of Arsenal, Inter, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg could bid for the striker and City may have to let him go.


City have completed the signing of Nigeria U17 World Cup winner Chidiebere Nwakali, who follows Kelechi Iheanacho from that talented squad to join City.

The move was confirmed by Nwakali’s agent, Babawo Mohammed, and as you can see below the 17-year-old, who can play in midfield or at right-back, has already been to Manchester where he passed a medical and signed his papers.

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Nwakali has signed a 4-year deal according to his agent, but it wasn’t specified whether he can join before his 18th birthday or whether he has a pre-contract until then like Iheanacho was reported to have.

Reports claim that Nwakali could join up with City’s under-18 team soon, assuming he is able to get a work permit. Of last reports, City were trying to get a work permit from the Home Office for Iheanacho.

Another member of Nigeria’s U17 squad who was linked with City, Chidera Eze, is joining FC Porto. Near enough every member of the squad that dominated last year’s U17 World Cup is being snapped up by a European side.

If City can fend off competition, the “Nigerian Neymar” Musa Yahaya could make it a hat-trick of Nigerian signings for the Blues. Rumour has it, though, that Real Madrid have entered the race with City and Spurs for this particular starlet…


After winning their group at the ALKASS International Cup tournament, City’s U16s came up against Real Madrid’s U16s earlier today.

This was a high quality game between two good academy teams, but City didn’t play with the same fluency as in previous games. This could be down to fatigue setting in, with little time to rest between games, or the higher level of opposition.

It was a close match that remained 0-0 for the majority. Both teams wasted glorious chances, with Zackarias Faour, one of City’s best players in this competition, having a real off day and missing a handful of good openings.

Once again, young Spanish midfielder Manu Garcia stood out for City with his superb passing range and vision. Garcia is able to cut open defences from deep positions with just one pass and did so several times.

Local boy Will Patching also looked good again when on the ball, but wasn’t as involved as in previous games.

Unfortunately, City squandered their chances to win a game that Real Madrid slightly edged, and were ropey at the back, something that was finally exploited late on when Real pounced on a mistake by Demeaco Duhaney and scored.

It finished 1-0 to Real Madrid after they survived a late onslaught from the boy Blues, but City can again be proud of this talented young U16 team that has great potential.

The competition isn’t over yet, with losing teams set to face each other, and City play Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol tomorrow at 12:30pm GMT.


22-year-old City forward Alex Nimely has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Nimely drove the wrong way down a one-way street and ended up smashing into several cars (and almost some people) as you can see here.

He isn’t the first young City player to make a stupid mistake, and this sort of reckless behaviour is something they’re trying to avoid with the younger age groups nowadays.

Nimely has been at City since 2008 and was seen as a good prospect, but his development has been hampered by regular injuries and he is expected to be released when his contract expires next summer.

The City Summary (January 16, 2014)

As revealed the other day by Pellegrini, Stevan Jovetic is finally due to return next week.

We’ve heard this before and many City fans are sceptical, but Jovetic’s own Instagram gives us reason to believe he could be involved against West Ham next Tuesday.

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Jovetic last appeared for City on October 30 against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup, so it has been two and a half months since we last saw the 24-year-old.

The return of Jovetic, assuming he can stay fit this time, will be a huge boost for City. Not only does he add another attacking option, but he has a unique skill set and can play a variety of roles in the team.


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As we revealed this morning, City are poised to offer the much improved Aleksander Kolarov a new contract in the near future.

Could Kolarov soon be joined by Southampton left-back Luke Shaw? Days ago, the Daily Mail reported that City were willing to splash out £30m for the talented 18-year-old Saints academy graduate.

Since then, Southampton’s ambitious chairman Nicola Cortese has quit and the national press reports that the club is in something of a crisis.

Now the Telegraph reckons City are prepared to enter a bidding war with United and Chelsea for Shaw, suggesting a fee of around £20m, and even claim the player could move within the next 7 days.

If Chelsea launch a bid for Shaw, they will be the favourites because Shaw is an admitted Chelsea fan and that could influence him.

City would also be left with the issue of having three left-backs if they signed Shaw now, unless they loaned him back to Southampton for the rest of the season or sold Clichy in a quick-fire deal.


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City’s U16 team is currently competing at the ALKASS International Cup tournament in Doha, Qatar.

On day one, City came from behind to thrash Chicago Fire 6-1 with goals from Danny Barbir, Paolo Fernandes, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (x2) and Zackarias Faour (x2).

Earlier today, the young Blues again came from behind (twice), including from 3-1 down, to beat Aspire Qatar 4-3 with an Aguero style last gasp goal at the death. Today’s goals came from Marcus Wood, Ernest Agyiri and Zackarias Faour (x2).

City have won their group and face the mighty Real Madrid in the next round on Sunday afternoon.

Having watched these games, I was impressed by the technical ability of these lads. The improvements in City’s academy system have been whispered about a lot with some saying City now set the national standard at younger age groups, but until you see the ability of these boys at you don’t realise just how big the improvements are from the days of Willo Flood, Dickson Etuhu and Stephen Jordan.

It’s unfair to hype players up too much at the ages of 14-16, but among the standouts so far have been Manu Garcia, Paolo Fernandes, Will Patching, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Ernest Agyiri.

The much talked about Brahim also looks a real diamond and despite only being 14, younger than most of the others, is a lively character not afraid of a tackle. His small frame and lack of physical strength have worked against him in some situations, but you can see the raw talent he has.

Then there is Zackarias Faour, the boy giving the unenviable label of “the new Ibrahimovic”. These labels are usually stupid and way off, but watching him play you can imagine Zlatan looked exactly the same when he was 15. Calm and composed, physically strong, technically excellent, and lethal in front of goal. Faour is the tournament’s leading scorer so far and netted this incredible golazo today.


City’s academy is on the rise again, but it was one of the older lads who was in the spotlight last night as 20-year-old Emyr Huws became the latest academy product to make his first team debut.

Huws has progressed a lot in the past year, thanks in part to a loan move to Northampton Town, and was recently an unused sub for the Welsh national team.

He came on against Blackburn and looked neat and tidy in the 15 or so minutes he played.

The next step for Huws could be a good loan move to a Championship club or similar, but perhaps depending on Jack Rodwell’s availability next week, he could make the squad for the West Ham cup game.


Happy 29th birthday to Pablo Zabaleta! Zaba knows nothing less than 100% and that has made him a City cult hero who will be remembered forever. Ohh, Pablo Zabaleta…

The City Summary (January 14, 2014)

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City will look to extend their incredible 15-match unbeaten run tomorrow when they host Blackburn in an FA Cup 3rd Round replay. This isn’t a game City wanted but brought it on themselves with a complacent performance at Ewood, which forced a week of warm weather training in the UAE to be cancelled.

The good news is that after a exactly a month on the sidelines, City hero Sergio Aguero returns to the squad. Chances are he will start on the bench, but as we revealed a week ago he could play some minutes ahead of the weekend game against Cardiff.

With Samir Nasri out for up to 2 months (Pellegrini said today he hopes it can be 5-6 weeks), City will again rely heavily on David Silva, but he is out of tomorrow’s game with a minor injury. Joining him on the sidelines is Yaya Toure, who has a back problem, but both are expected to be fit for the Cardiff game.

It hardly has to be said that both Jovetic and Rodwell remain unavailable for selection, however Jovetic should be back “next week” says the City boss. Notably, Pellegrini revealed Nastasic wasn’t injured at weekend but left out because a defender had to be excluded and Lescott was given the spot on the bench.

Pellegrini has the usual choice of how much to weaken his team after Blackburn gave City such a tough game at Ewood. City have not had a mid-week break for a long time so rotation is crucial. The return to fitness of Micah Richards is a boost and Portuguese starlet Marcos Lopes could find himself on the pitch again at some point tomorrow (and next week at West Ham).

If City win tomorrow, their 4th round fixture will be a rematch from last year’s 3rd round clash against Watford after the Hornets beat Bristol City tonight.

Possible City starting 11 vs. Blackburn: Pantilimon, Richards, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Navas, Lopes, Dzeko

Rovers will bring 4,000 fans tomorrow, impressive for a mid-week cup replay on short notice. City’s ticket sales have also been better than expected, with parts of the third level opened after originally being closed for the game.


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John Guidetti today completed a loan move to Stoke City for the rest of the season.

The deal has been on ice for a few days, but the permanent signing of former City midfielder Stephen Ireland freed up a loan spot for Guidetti.

This is the opportunity Guidetti has been waiting for, to try and prove himself at Premier League level. He did it at every age group for City’s youth team and did it in the Eredivisie for Feyenoord, now can he do it in the Premier League?

Stoke still have to play Chelsea, United and Arsenal this season… so do us a favour John and put a few past them!


After his horror tackle on Samir Nasri at weekend, Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says he has been trying to reach his fellow Frenchman by phone, but Nasri hasn’t answered.

Yanga-Mbiwa wants to apologise, but is claiming he didn’t mean to injure Samir, which isn’t a very convincing argument as he didn’t even target the ball as he repeatedly tried to bring Nasri down.

Yanga-Mbiwa says he will try again to contact Nasri and apologise for a foul that could have ruined the playmaker’s World Cup dream, but luckily will keep him out for less time than feared.


City continue to be strongly linked with Porto and France central defender Eliaquim Mangala, with France’s L’Equipe going as far as to claim City already have a 5-year contract written up for him.

Even if that is true, it doesn’t make this a done deal. As always, Porto want top dollar for one of their star players and with so much interest around Europe in Mangala, are holding out for around £41m.

22-year-old Mangala is a dominant and physical defender who is tailor made for the Premier League, but isn’t the finished product and such an investment would be in the hope that Mangala reaches his full potential.

If City were able to sign Mangala or any other central defender this month, it’d free Joleon Lescott to move elsewhere, with West Ham at the front of the queue.


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Russian giants Zenit are still hopeful of a deal to sign City left-back Aleksander Kolarov, according to Russian news service Izvestia.

With Domenico Criscito poised to leave Zenit in the near future, Kolarov is their main target and they are reportedly willing to hand him a 4-year contract on similar to what he earns at City.

Italian clubs also like Kolarov, but the unwillingness of Serie A sides to spend heavily on transfer fees or wages could give Zenit the advantage, if Kolarov is actually available.

Kolarov has been a much improved player under Pellegrini with numerous assists from the left. The Daily Mail linked City with a £30m bid for 18-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw a couple of days ago, but would selling Kolarov be wise?

Kolarov appears to be entering his prime as a player and is now Pellegrini’s preferred choice ahead of Clichy, but his £100,000-a-week wages are high for a left-back and his contract only has around 18 months remaining.

This gives City chiefs Soriano and Begiristain the dilemma of whether to keep the Serb or cash in on him and invest in a player like Shaw.


Abdisalam Ibrahim’s mooted transfer away from City appears to be close, with Sky Sports claiming it is now a race between Premier League side Swansea City and Greek champions Olympiacos for his services.

Dimitri Seluk, agent of Yaya Toure, was quoted in the Greek press as saying the 22-year-old midfielder could be heading to Olympiacos, where he would reunite with a fellow member of City’s 2007/08 FA Youth Cup winning squad, Vladimir Weiss.

Olympiacos face United in the next round of the Champions League, although Greek reports claim that if Olympiacos do sign Ibrahim they could loan him out for more experience.

Ibrahim has always said he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League, so if Swansea’s interest leads to an offer, that move could appeal to him more than playing in Greece.


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City’s upcoming MLS franchise New York City FC are planning big things and the Telegraph reports that they could even move for Barcelona icon Xavi.

Xavi would be 35 when NYCFC debut and such a signing would be a huge statement of intent from the ambitious City-owned MLS club.

The New York Red Bulls also want to sign Xavi, but his representatives have, for now at least, cooled talk of any move. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but for now he has priorities such as facing City in the Champions League next month!

City chiefs want NYCFC to play a similar brand of technical and exciting football as City and building the team around Xavi Hernández would be a big step towards achieving that.

The City Summary (January 10, 2014)

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Manuel Pellegrini has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for December.

The Chilean has won over City fans with his exciting brand of attacking football, even those who weren’t happy with the departure of Roberto Mancini.

He was today recognised for City’s excellent December and that doesn’t even include the club’s win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League since the award only covers the Premier League.

City won six and drew one of their seven league games in December, one of the best months in club history.

Pellegrini is the first City boss since Mancini in October 2011 to win this award.

Negredo, Yaya and Kompany were up for the Player of the Month award but unsurprisingly the excellent Luis Suarez took that prize.


Pellegrini gave his regular team news update ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle. City have a good record against Newcastle recently, including two wins this season (Premier League and Capital One Cup), so the Magpies will feel they’re due a win.

City welcome back Micah Richards and Jesus Navas to the squad, while “King of Africa” Yaya Toure is also OK despite hurting himself against West Ham.

#WheresJovetic will continue for at least another week with the Montenegrin still sidelined, and equally unsurprising is the absence of Jack Rodwell.

Pellegrini delivered more good news by declaring that Sergio Aguero could be back in action next week. Pellegrini said, “Maybe against Blackburn or against Cardiff”, news we exclusively revealed on Monday.

Possible starting 11 vs. Newcastle: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Yaya, Fernandinho, Silva, Nasri, Negredo, Dzeko

Newcastle will be without key trio Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (both injured) and Mathieu Debuchy (suspended) for the game, but midfield talisman Yohan Cabaye has been passed fit.


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The outstanding Samir Nasri, who is enjoying arguably the best season of his career, today spoke to Sky Sports‘ Weekend Warm-Up about a variety of subjects.

The Frenchman has always been very eloquent and as always provided some good quotes for the press.

On Negredo:

“I think he (Alvaro) is the signing of the season so far.”

“He’s scored plenty of goals, he can hold the ball, he can play, he can find the space, he’s a good finisher and he works a lot. He’s been really good for us – I think he is the complete striker.”

On City’s improvements this year:

“It’s not a surprise when you see the quality of our offensive players.”

“It’s just that this year we have an identity and philosophy about the way we play, that’s the big change.”

“I think that we are going to score way more and beat the record by Chelsea or United.”

On Pellegrini (vs. Mancini):

“Confidence is everything for a player and the new manager has come in and given me a lot of confidence and freedom on the pitch as well.”

“We talk a lot and he reminds me a lot of Arsene Wenger when I first came to England who was like a dad to me.”

“When I came to City it was different because Arsenal were like a family to me. I arrived here with some big players and to a manager that liked conflict and for me that was a big change and I needed time to adjust.”

“With him (Pellegrini) it’s just like it was before. It’s like something that I know already and I really like it that way.”

“There is more talk. You know what you’re doing right and you know what you are doing wrong. You know why you play or why you don’t and that’s what I like.”


La Liga strugglers Real Betis want to sign City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon this month, according to the Daily Mail.

Pantilimon’s contract is due to expire next summer (though there have been conflicting reports on this) and Betis’ apparent willingness to pay only £414,000 seems to reflect this.

£414,000 is a lousy fee for such a talented goalkeeper and even if he is to leave for nothing this summer, it would hardly seem worth selling him for what amounts to little more than a couple of weeks wages for a star player.

There have also been rumours of Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach being interested in Panti as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Marc-Andre ter Stegen.


One of City’s many Ghanaian youngsters, Godsway Donyoh, is set to return to Sweden on loan with newly-promoted side Falkenbergs FF.

Godsway spent time on loan in the Allsvenskan with City partner club Djurgårdens IF, where the 19-year-old made 20 first team appearances.

Falkenbergs are coached by former Barcelona and Celtic star Henrik Larsson, who could be a great mentor for the promising young winger.

The City Summary (January 9, 2014)

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Yaya Toure is the 2013 CAF African Footballer of the Year!

Yaya broke Nigeria’s dominance at this year’s award by being named Africa’s best player for the third year running.

Only Samuel Eto’o, during his prime, has managed to win CAF’s version of the award three times on the bounce before.

Last month, City’s midfield talisman was named BBC African Footballer of the Year for the first time, and has now completed the 2013 double header by winning the CAF award.

Not bad for a “liability”, eh Didi?


At the same awards ceremony, Kelechi Iheanacho was named Africa’s Most Promising Talent on the day his father revealed more information about his future.

Iheanacho, the star of the 2013 U17 World Cup, wore a blue jacket when he received an award that recognised an impressive year for the 17-year-old.

Earlier today, his father James told Sports Radio Brila FM in Nigeria that his son has a pre-contract with City and that will become an official contract when he turns 18 this October.

It also emerged today that Kelechi could be joined not only by team-mate Chidiebere Nwakali, but by the “Nigerian Neymar” Musa Yahaya. City are in the hunt for the 16-year-old and you can read more about that possible deal here.


Manuel Pellegrini is one of four nominees for the Barclays Manager of the Month award, after City went through December unbeaten. Pellegrini’s competition for the award are Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez and (try not to laugh) David Moyes.

Meanwhile, three of the six nominees for Barclays Player of the Month are City players. Along with Luis Suarez, Ross Barkley and Theo Walcott, City trio Yaya, Negredo and Kompany are in contention.

Pellegrini has a great chance of winning his first Manager of the Month award in England, but it’s hard to look past Suarez for Player of the Month after he managed 10 goals and 4 assists in Liverpool’s 7 games last month.


Just when you thought City couldn’t get any more dangerous in attack, this man edges closer and closer to his long awaited return…


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City have made a £37m bid for Porto and France defender Eliaquim Mangala according to Le10Sport in France.

22-year-old Mangala has been scouted intensively by City for a long time with the player himself admitting the Blues had made a late effort to sign him during the summer.

While City’s interest in Mangala is definite, it’s very important to note that Le10Sport is not a great source and deals a lot in gossip. Think of it like you would the Daily Star.

Despite the unreliable source, a move for Mangala is possible, but would be very expensive. Not just City but Chelsea, United, PSG and Monaco have been linked regularly with the young defender.


City have rejected a loan offer from Inter for Stevan Jovetic according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.

Inter sporting director Marco Branca asked about Jovetic while in London, but was turned away by City chiefs who plan to use the 24-year-old if he can just get fit.

As we revealed today, Juventus are also keen on “Jo-Jo” and tried to sign him last summer, but Fiorentina preferred to deal with City than a domestic rival.

Jovetic has the ability to be a key player for City, but if it just doesn’t work out the possibility of using him to sign Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba next summer could be tempting.


City and Arsenal have dispatched scouts to watch Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk according to the Scottish Express.

22-year-old Virgil van Dijk only joined Celtic in the summer for £1.6m from Groningen, but his form for the Scottish giants has boosted his value to around £10m.


Finally, here’s a great look at City’s season so far in graphic form from WhoScored.

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