Player News - Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany will not be rushed back from injury insisting his skipper will remain out until "the doctors and physios" say he’s fit and ready.

Speaking from Beijing, ahead of his sides pre-season tour, the new City boss stressed: "The important thing is not when he’s coming back, it’s to be fit and ready to show he can play one week and one week more, that he can play regularly – especially that he can train every day." Kompany missed this summer’s European Championships after undergoing surgery in May having ruptured his thigh muscle and is said to be targeting a return at the beginning of the new campaign: "If it’s Sunderland [City's opening game of the season], perfect. Start of the Champions League? Perfect. If not, September." Nicklaus Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala could link up in the heart of the City defence for the opener against Sunderland although Guardiola is keen on landing John Stones from Everton for a club record fee of £60m.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 25 - 7:41 AM

Swansea City continue their search for a much-needed striker to add to their squad and are now approaching Manchester City about the possible acquisition of former Jack, Wilfried Bony.

The Swans are really looking to turn back the clock as they have already expressed publicly the interest in getting Joe Allen back from Liverpool. The Bony-Swansea partnership was nothing short of ideal a few years ago. They brought him in for £12 million fee, he excelled for them and they profited £13 million by selling him to City for £25 million some 18 months ago. Bony's time with the Citizens has not gone well for him. He could only crack the XI under Manuel Pellegrini when Sergio Aguero was injured and, once Kelechi Iheanacho emerged last season, Bony's chances were sliced even thinner. The Swans are hoping to convince City to at least loan Bony back to where he enjoyed so much success, if not, purchase him back outright for a fraction of what they sold him for.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 25 - 4:15 AM

Manchester City officially announced the signing of Celta Vigo winger Nolito to a four-year contract through the 2020 season.

The 29-year-old arrives in a £13.9 million move after the Premier League giants activated the Spanish international's release clause following his return from the European championships, where he started every game for La Furia Roja. Nolito can play both wing positions, but is a natural left-winger. The former Barcelona B player will now reunite with manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad after scoring 12 goals and recording seven assists in a breakout season last year. Said the forward: "I’ll try to bring as much as I possibly can," he said. "I’ll do everything that the manager asks of me, try my absolute best and do everything I can to try to repeat the form I’ve shown throughout my career at various clubs."
Jul 3 - 6:22 PM

Bacary Sagna has hailed new Manchester City signing Nolito believing his "superior" technical qualities will make him a success in the Premier League.

The £14million arrival from Spanish side Celta Vigo is Pep Guardiola’s second major City signing following the addition of German international Ilkay Gundogan who joined from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal. Nolito spent three seasons at Os Celestes scoring 39 times in 100 La Liga appearances before agreeing to re-join his former manager [he played under Guardiola at Barcelona from 2008-2011, although much of his time was spent with the Catalans’ B side]. Nolito started all four of Spain's matches at Euro 2016, scoring once against Turkey, and his performances caught the eye of new team-mate Sagna: "He's going to bring a lot to the team," he said. "He has some qualities and technique that are superior to other players He has had a very good season and did an excellent Euro with Spain. He signed for a reason and I am very pleased about this."
Jul 1 - 9:03 AM

Pablo Zabaleta's star fell significantly at the Etihad last season and now comes word that he may be on his way to the Eternal City with Roma.

All the signs are there for a move. Zabaleta is in the final year of his contract. He lost the starting role at City to Bacary Sagna last season. Roma specifically and Serie A in general seem to love fading Premier League outside backs. This has led to a seemingly-reasonable rumor that Zabaleta will be moving to Roma for a fee of £2.5 million. City get his wages off the books and make room for Pep to bring in a defender of his own choosing. Look for more deals like this over the course of the summer as Guardiola transforms his new squad.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 29 - 11:37 AM

England endured a scoreless draw with Slovakia on Monday in the final game of Group B, where the country finished second.

England could do nothing to secure a first-place finish as the Three Lions watched rival Wales surpass them on the final matchday of the group with a 3-0 win against Russia. England made six changes to the starting lineup, resting the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, by adding Jack Wilshere, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson to the mix in a lackadaisical effort to secure only a point when one goal would have won the group. Joe Hart and the back-line held strong, but Roy Hodgson's men couldn't manage a goal despite 29 shots.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 21 - 5:44 AM

Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will miss training as a precaution after picking up knocks during the defeat to Italy on Monday evening. However, both are expected to be available for Saturday’s crucial encounter with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing as Marc Wilmots men were outplayed in a disappointing 2-0 loss. Belgium have an array of individual talent, but once again, they failed to deliver on the big stage and were deservedly beaten. Romelu Lukaku was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity at 1-0 while his play in and around the box was simply not good enough. Hazard failed to impose himself on the match while De Bruyne looked way off the pace, although Wilmots refused to "slate" his performance: "Is the kid tired after a long season? Probably, but I am not going to slate him, he has been a big player for us in the past."
Jun 15 - 7:17 AM

The long-rumored move that will see Ilkay Gundogan move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City has finally been announced.

The midfield creator has been linked to a move to the Etihad since around the time Pep Guardiola was announced as manager in February. A recent injury to his patellar tendon cast minor doubt over the move but it has now been confirmed. City needed to get younger in midfield with Yaya Toure and David Silva aging rapidly and this move will help significantly once Gundogan recovers from his injury and is at full strength. One side benefit of his injury is that he will not be featuring for Germany this summer in Euro 2016 but can instead focus on getting healthy and being ready for pre-season training at City.
Source: @MCFC
Jun 2 - 3:28 PM

Defensive woes deepen for Belgium coach Marc Wilmots after Nicolas Lombaerts and Dedryck Boyata were omitted from the Red Devils European Championship squad.

Lombaerts has been struggling since earlier this month due to an ongoing hamstring problem and Wilmots today made the decision to axe the Zenit Saint-Petersburg defender in favour of the uncapped Christian Kabasele. International teammate Boyata is another who will be leaving the Belgium camp after suffering an unspecified muscular problem in training on Monday - the pair join captain Vincent Kompany on the sidelines who recently underwent thigh surgery. However, with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer and Thomas Vermaelen still at his disposal, Wilmots will not be panicking just yet: "It's not too bad after all," revealed the 47-year-old.
Source: beIN Sports
May 30 - 5:00 PM

Yaya Toure is reportedly set to stay at Manchester City this summer to fight for a spot under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian midfielder rejected two offers from the Chinese Super League sides Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning that would have made him the highest-paid footballer in the world with a contract of more than £300,000-a-week on top of a massive signing bonus. But if he rejects advances from Inter Milan and former coach Roberto Mancini, Toure faces a fight on his hands under Guardiola, who sold him from Barcelona. The legendary manager is set to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan his first signing with a £17.8 million move lined up.
May 28 - 2:40 PM

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Fabian Delph will not travel with the squad to the Stadium of Light tomorrow after picking up a groin injury in training.

The Manchester City midfielder only ever had an outside chance of making the European Championships, but this latest setback means Delph will not be considered for the 23-man squad when the final list is submitted on May 31. However, the door hasn’t been completely slammed shut on the injury plagued 26-year-old who will remain on the standby list as his injury is not thought to be long-term: "If I needed him and wanted him to come with us, it's easy for me to call him and ask him to do so," revealed the Three Lions manager speaking ahead of the friendly against Australia. Hodgson also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the group, although the specifics of his problem remain unknown - Marcus Rashford "is going to play a serious part in the game."
Source: Sportinglife
May 26 - 5:09 PM

The rumor mill has turned out a doozy today with the news that Joe Hart could be headed to Everton to fill the Tim Howard-sized hole in net at Goodison Park.

The build-up to this conclusion has elements that make at least some sense. Pep Guardiola has been rumored to want to bring in former Barcelona pupil Marc-Andre ter Stegen as he ascends to the top job at the Etihad. At Everton, Tim Howard has departed leaving only an adequate reserve in Joel Robles for the spot. The Goodison Park outfit also have a new owner with lots of money which will always lead to crazy transfer rumors. Perhaps the stumbling block here will be City's need to keep their English players to make up the home grown numbers required by UEFA and the FA. Seems hard to believe that this one would happen but at least it's something to break up the monotony of Zlatan-to-United rumors.
Source: The Sun
May 24 - 1:57 PM

Yaya Toure's agent has indicated that his client's future should be decided within the next two weeks amidst interest from Inter Milan.

Once THE driving force behind Manchester City title drives, Yaya Toure has looked like a spent force over the past two seasons. He is still capable of moments of magic but his days of dominating at a league as physical and fast as the Premier League are likely over. Whether Pep Guardiola is interested in a reunion with his former Barcelona player remains to be seen but unless he thinks he can get something extra compared to what we've seen over the past two seasons then it seems unlikely.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, England national team manager Roy Hodgson released the 27-man provisional squad for the European championships this summer following the conclusion of the Premier League season.

Hodgson named three Manchester City players in his plans for the team's upcoming friendlies as goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielders Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling will feature in the squad. However, Hodgson and his staff will have to cut four players to get down to the requisite 23-man team for the summer's tournament. Delph is one of the favorites to be cut, but will have two friendlies to prove his worth. Raheem Sterling will be fighting for a starting spot while Joe Hart is practically guaranteed the spot in goal in the starting XI with Jack Butland out injured.
May 16 - 12:25 PM

Manchester City has officially qualified for Champions League next season after securing a point in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Entering the game, the Sky Blues only needed one point to seal fourth place and entry into the playoff stage of next season's Champions League in Pep Guardiola's first season as manager and they did so in lackluster fashion, akin to their uninspiring end to the season. In what was Manuel Pellegrini's last game as the club's manager, City could only manage one goal in the fifth minute courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored his eighth goal in all competitions on his 12th shot on target, as he put in Sergio Aguero's saved shot. Andre Ayew made things interesting in stoppage time of the first half but City held on in a scoreless second half for the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 11:59 AM


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