Player News - Manchester City

Date: Team: Pos:

Vincent Kompany will remain with the national team as he continues his recovery from injury.

Roberto Martinez confirmed on Sunday: "We are going to maintain the squad of 23 as announced," despite Thomas Vermaelen [hamstring] and Kompany [groin] being ruled out of the Group G opener against Panama. "We are not going to use any changes," he said. "Vinny has evolved better than we thought, even though we thought that he could have a good opportunity to be involved in the group phase." The news ends any hope of standby option Laurent Ciman featuring at the World Cup finals and the Los Angeles FC defender was allowed to return home on Saturday. Vermaelen continues his rehab in Moscow and he could be "medically fit" for the clash with Tunisia while Kompany "might" be available for the game against England on June 28. Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata could fill the breach during the interim. The Red Devils have no other fitness concerns after Dries Mertens was cleared following a recent hamstring complaint.
Jun 18 - 9:58 AM

Ilkay Gundogan is a target for Barcelona according to reports in England.

The Germany international arrived at The Etihad in 2016 and has two years remaining on his current deal. Gundogan is said to be happy in the north west, but, a switch to the Camp Nou does appeal as manager Ernesto Valverde looks to replace Andres Iniesta who joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe after more than 20 years at the club. Despite a major setback just months after his arrival – ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – Gundogan has established himself as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad and his signature would command a hefty fee. It would take a figure north of £50m to begin negotiations, although the interest may prompt City into offering him a new deal. However, if Gundogan does move, then Guardiola could focus his attention on signing Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. He is a long-term admirer of the midfielder and now that Jose Mourinho has cooled his interest, City will feel they are well-placed to sign the 28-year-old.
Source: Daily Star
Jun 15 - 7:12 AM

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists he is "not worried" about the injury scare which forced him off against Portugal last weekend.

There were concerns that the 32-year-old could miss out in Russia, but Roberto Martinez insisted on naming Kompany in Belgium’s 23-man squad: "His strength is that he has a real winning mentality. We want to give him every opportunity to be there. It is a World Cup, not a friendly international, so we take this exceptional decision." And it looks like Kompany is ready to repay his manager’s faith after revealing on Friday that he was almost ready for the tournament: "I’m not worried. I’m pretty confident. I’m feeling good. It’s still my goal to play at the World Cup and I will try everything to make it. My suitcases are packed." Laurent Ciman will remain with the squad, on the standby list, after playing 90 minutes in a comfortable 3-0 win over Egypt on Wednesday.
Source: beIN Sports
Jun 8 - 6:13 PM

Vincent Kompany suffered yet another groin injury in Belgium's first pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday.

The Manchester City captain was taken off in the 55th minute after over-extended himself in a scoreless draw with European champions Portugal and will be assessed in the next couple days. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez now has a difficult decision to make as he is set to announce the official Belgian squad for the World Cup on Monday. Said Martinez: "He said he felt discomfort in his groin when he walked off the pitch. He's not a young player, he knows his body. At that point it was the right time to come off. It is one of those blows nobody deserves...When he came off we were all very much worried, particularly because it is so close to naming the final squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 3 - 4:43 PM

Sergio Aguero is on track to be fully fit for Argentina’s opening match at the FIFA World Cup finals next month.

La Albiceleste face Iceland on June 16 and the Manchester City star is expected to be in contention following his recovery from surgery. Aguero was introduced as a second half substitute in Buenos Aires against Haiti on Monday evening and took just 10 minutes to slot the ball home from a perfectly threaded Lionel Messi pass. Aguero took the decision in April to remedy a long standing knee complaint when City were knocked out of the Champions League, a problem which he later revealed had been bothering him for the last five years. Argentina find themselves behind Brazil, Germany, Spain and France in the betting, however, Messi insists they will "go to Russia with hope" following the 4-0 rout. "We're not going as favourites but will give it our all. We had a complicated time in the qualifiers, but we are training well."
Source: BBC Sport
May 30 - 2:27 PM

Sergio Aguero says his knee "feels like new" after struggling with a persistent problem since 2013.

Aguero took the decision to have surgery in April following Manchester City’s exit from the Champions League. "I spoke with the medical team earlier [in the season] and we agreed to wait. It didn’t improve," he told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports. "Pep [Guardiola] used me as a substitute a lot and told me to stay calm but after being knocked out, I told the doctors, I didn’t feel good. With the World Cup ahead, I preferred to do it because otherwise I could have missed out." Despite only making 22 Premier League starts, and completing 90 minutes on thirteen occasions, Aguero was still City’s top scorer with 21-goals which came at a rate of one in every 94 minutes played and defenders could be forgiven for fearing the worst ahead of the upcoming campaign. The Argentine has directly contributed to a goal in every 82 minutes since 2013/14 and facing a fully fit Aguero is a daunting prospect for any centre-back.
May 18 - 5:34 AM

Manchester City wasted no time in locking down manager Pep Guardiola to a new long-term contract through 2021.

After a worrisome first season in the Premier League, one of the first without a single trophy, Guardiola led the Sky Blues to the League Cup and Premier League titles at a record pace. The club became the first Premier League club to breach 100 points in a single season, set Premier League records for wins and goals along the way, and reached the quarterfinals of Champions League. Said Guardiola on his new deal: "I am so happy and excited...I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season."
May 18 - 5:18 AM

David Silva confirms he can finally take his son, Mateo, home for the first time having spent five long months in hospital.

Mateo Silva was born prematurely in December 2017 which resulted in the Spanish play maker missing 4 of Manchester City’s five Premier League fixtures over the festive period due to ‘personal reasons’. Speaking at the time, Silva revealed his son was "fighting day by day" and City have given him special dispensation throughout the second half of the campaign to return home to at his sons bedside. Silva missed the final two games of the season after flying back to Valencia, but he offered an update on Tuesday confirming his good news via Instagram: "We’re finally going home!" he wrote alongside a picture of the staff who helped care for his son. "We will be eternally grateful for the amazing paediatric team and ICU units of the Hospital Casa de Salud for their professionalism and human treatment that they have shown us these 5 long months. Just thank you!"
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 16 - 10:01 AM

It took until stoppage time but off of a Gabriel Jesus goal, the Citizens became the first team to reach 100 points in a Premier League season in a 1-0 win over Southampton.

It took a while for a strong Manchester City team to grow into the game as Southampton's five-man back line gave them fits. In the first half, the Saints had the better of the chances but sometimes when you’re as good as Manchester City, a little bit of luck goes your way. In the second half, it looked like the game would trend toward a draw but Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus combined in the 94th minute to get the win for City. A few more records were broken as City reached 100 points to win the title by the largest margin in Premier League history at 19 points.
May 13 - 12:36 PM

Yaya Touré was named as "Legend" in the team's official line up on Twitter and this set out the testimonial feel of the evening.

City opened the scoring early on through Danilo, who was played through into a one on one with Bravo by Sané and whilst Brighton struck back through Ulloa, City's win was never in doubt. Bernardo Silva scored the second, scoring City's 104th goal of the PL campaign, breaking the previous record. Fernandinho wrapped up the scoring with less than 20 minutes to go and whilst City pushed on, they couldn't score. Gabriel Jesus' substitution in the final minutes capped off a disappointing second consecutive blank for the Brazilian to the frustration of many fantasy managers.
Source: BBC Sport
May 9 - 5:16 PM

Manchester City's coronation as Premier League champions was expected to end with three points, but Huddersfield Town stood firm in a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side were aiming to celebrate their title-winning campaign by breaking the record for points and goals scored in a Premier League season, but 16th-placed Huddersfield had other ideas. Ederson was forced into action early to deny Alex Pritchard and Florent Hadergjonaj, but City responded and went close when Kevin De Bruyne blasted wide before the break. The home side dominated after the restart, but the high-scoring attack could not break the Terriers down. As the match neared the death though, Nicolas Otamendi curled just wide off the post. Scott Malone then nearly stole a late winner, but the defender fired straight at Ederson. While the result came as a shock, it was not enough to spoil City's trophy celebration.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:10 PM

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling recorded three assists in the club's 4-1 win against West Ham on Sunday.

Sterling created the first goal by finding Leroy Sane on the wing in the seventh minute. The German benefitted from a crazy deflection off Patrice Evra for the opener before Pablo Zabaleta doubled the City lead with an own goal against his former team in the 27th minute. After Aaron Cresswell cut into the lead with a well-taken free kick, Sterling added to his haul by finding a streaking Gabriel Jesus in the box with a perfect pass in the 53rd minute. And finally, Sterling recorded the hat-trick of assists by connecting with Fernandinho in the 64th minute to close a busy day at the Olympic Stadium.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 11:20 AM

Pep Guardiola believes John Stones will be ready for the World Cup as he works his way back to full fitness.

An abductor injury has kept the City defender sidelined for almost three weeks, but Stones is on the mend and should play a part during the run-in. "It is getting better," said Guardiola. "Hopefully he can play the last games." When asked if he thought the 23-year-old would be ready for the World Cup finals in Russia, the Spaniard replied: "I think he will be fine, yes." Stones has had a disappointing 2018 with just three Premier League starts having begun the season well. The return of captain Vincent Kompany and the excellent form of Nicolás Otamendi has limited him to less than 12 hours of football – across all domestic competitions – since January. He did however, feature in England’s two recent friendly internationals against Netherlands and Italy. Despite an assured performance in Amsterdam, Stones endured a mixed evening at Wembley four days later, gifting Ciro Immobile an early chance and is still prone to mistakes.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 22 - 3:53 PM

Manchester City reminded everyone of why they deserve their league title this season with a dominant 5-0 win over Swansea City.

City took the lead early in the first half after holding possession well, with Raheem Sterling teeing up David Silva for the Citizens' first. Sterling himself scored soon after, tapping in a Delph cross. City continued their good work in the second half and Kevin de Bruyne got his name on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt, his fifth from outside the box this season. Raheem Sterling won a penalty for City, which Lukasz Fabianski tipped onto the post, only for Bernardo Silva to score it. Jesus atoned for his miss with a header late on, ably assisted by Yaya Touré's precise chip over the hapless Swansea defence. City close in on a number of Premier League records, whilst the PL's only Welsh side are far from safe 4 points ahead of 18th placed Southampton.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 1:35 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced that forward Sergio Aguero will not return this season.

The forward had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome knee this week, after playing with the injury since mid March, in the hopes of being available for the World Cup this summer with Argentina. The expected recovery time for such an injury is four to six weeks, barring any setbacks. Manchester City will also be without Fernandinho, due to suspension, this weekend, but otherwise look to be fit. Said Guardiola about Aguero: "Here, yes. It is four or five weeks [out]. Hopefully he is going to be ready for the World Cup and he will be ready for the next season. He is in Barcelona right now, for the first part of the rehabilitation he is going to be there."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 20 - 12:32 PM



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