Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City is close to having its full side back and healthy with Ilkay Gundogan nearing a return from injury.

The German international has not played a single game in 2017 after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in December. But Gundogan played 20 minutes against Girona in a friendly on Tuesday as he nears his return. The former Borussia Dortmund signing is targeting the September international break as his full return, which would be a massive boost for Pep Guardiola's side: "I was out for eight months so there is no reason to rush now. When I feel good, ready and safe, I'm ready to play and try - as today. That's also the target for the next weeks. "There's an international beak in the next two weeks so plenty of time still to use that for training and maybe more games if that's possible. Hopefully after that break I will be ready to join the team fully. I want to be there when my manager and my teammates need me."
Aug 17 - 3:54 AM

Manchester City won their seventh straight Premier League opening-day match by defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on Saturday.

Manchester City were held scoreless throughout the first half as Brighton's defense held strong at the Amex Stadium. But, even with a pair of Gabriel Jesus strikes disallowed, Pep Guardiola's side would not be denied. Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock in the 70th minute as he capped off a counter attack with a crisp finish after receiving a cool first-time pass from David Silva to put him in on goal. While the Seagulls made just two mistakes, the second resulted in the Citizen's second goal. Lewis Dunk challenged G. Jesus and accidentally headed the ball past his keeper Mat Ryan. The victory was a deserved result for City having controlled the majority of chances and seen Jesus' pair of goals disallowed.
Source: ESPN FC
Aug 12 - 3:06 PM

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy won't make his first Premier League appearance Saturday as he recovers from injury.

The 23-year-old left-back became the most expensive defender in world soccer history with his £52 million move for Monaco last month. However, the Frenchman is dealing with a knock and will miss the season opener against newly-promoted Brighton. The injury leaves Guardiola in an interesting quandary at left-back with no depth at the position following the summer exits of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. But the manager could opt for a back-three with Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Vincent Kompany with Leroy Sane at wing-back, or Danilo could be used as an emergency left-back with Kyle Walker on the right.
Aug 12 - 8:09 AM

In terms of defensive recommendations, Nik expects Kyle Walker to hit the ground running (fast) in Week 1.

£50million. It's a heavy price tag for a defender who makes at least one defensive mistake per game, but Walker was the best right-back in the Premier League last season and his pace will add a whole new dimension to Manchester City's attack. The England man thrived on the competition provided by Kieran Tripper's arrival at Spurs and he'll know he needs to raise his game to another level at the Etihad with Danilo waiting in the wings. Expect a fast start against Brighton.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 11 - 8:17 AM

Kevin De Bruyne is tipped to be Manchester City's talisman this weekend and for the season ahead.

A heavy workload in 2015/16 followed by a tough European Championships took its toll on De Bruyne last season, with the midfielder picking up a variety of muscle injuries which disrupted his output on the pitch and in fantasy terms. The good news for the Belgian and Pep Guardiola is that he's come through a full pre-season unscathed and you get the feeling this could be his year if he stays fit. Expect a smattering of goals and plenty of assists throughout the campaign, starting at Brighton in Saturday's late kick-off.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 11 - 8:14 AM

Manchester City officially announced that midfielder Fernando Reges has joined Galatasaray in a permanent move.

The 30-year-old leaves in a £4.75 million deal after making more than 100 appearances in three seasons since arriving from Porto in a £12 million move. "It's been a pleasure to play for Manchester City. The club has looked after me incredibly well throughout my time here and I have enjoyed the challenge of playing for a top team in probably the world's toughest league. The League Cup success of 2016 was a highlight for me and something I will never forget."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 4 - 10:04 PM

Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has re-joined former side Sevilla after four years at the club.

After Manchester City decided against offering him a new contract this summer, Navas chose to return to his former stomping grounds. The speedy winger joined Manchester City in 2013 in a £15 million move from Sevilla and made 173 appearances for the Sky Blues. But his role under Pep Guardiola left him as a makeshift right-back when Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna were injured. However, with Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo added to the squad, there was no room for Navas from the start.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 2 - 12:22 PM

Ilkay Gundogan refuses to put a timeline on when he will be ready for action but insists it can be measured in "weeks" rather than months.

The German international is edging nearer to a return after suffering a serious knee ligament injury [ACL] against Watford at the Etihad last year. However, he won’t be drawn on a specific date: "I want to feel ready when I am fully back. I want to feel safe and confident. I don't mind if it is two weeks or six." Gundogan suffered his third major setback in as many years in December 2016 and the 26-year-old admits it has been "mentally tough" overcoming the injury. A back problem, Spondylolisthesis, sidelined him for over 14 months in 2013 while a dislocated patella almost scuppered his move to City. Gundogan "can see the finishing line" but will face stiff competition for a place in the starting XI, once fully fit, following the arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 8:00 AM

New Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy faces a race against time to make the Premier League opener at Brighton.

The 23-year-old, who joined the club from Monaco for a reported £52 million, arrived at City "a little bit injured" according to Pep Guardiola and his availability for the trip to the south coast hangs in the balance. Mendy missed the start of pre-season with his former club, and the problem, which is believed to be hamstring related, will keep him out for up-to three more weeks. Given the close proximity, and a lack of match-fitness, Guardiola is likely to plumb for another new signing – Danilo – at the Amex Stadium on 12 August. Ilkay Gundogan is another doubt although the injury-plagued midfielder, who is recovering from a serious knee ligament injury, is nearing a return: "If I had to put a figure on it, I would say at 70% [fit]."
Jul 26 - 7:10 PM

Now above £200 million, Manchester City is closing in on Real Madrid's all-time transfer window record spending of £230 million.

The Sky Blues confirmed a world-record £52 million move for 23-year-old Benjamin Mendy just over a week after breaking the record for a defender with a move for Kyle Walker. The Monaco star fills City's last major hole, although at the expense of criticism with Pep Guardiola now spending more than £200 million in defense in the past year: more than the annual military defense spending of Bosnia as a flurry of well-timed memes pointed out. Said Director of Football Txiki Begiristain: "Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City."
Jul 25 - 11:21 AM

Manchester City lost one full-back and added another on Sunday, with a deal for another close to being completed.

The Sky Blues moved for the Real Madrid right-back just a week after signing right-back Kyle Walker in a world-record move for a defender. Said Director of Football Txiki Begiristain: "Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad. He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season." Meanwhile, Aleksandar Kolarov has left the club to join AS Roma with Monaco's Benjamin Mendy heading to Los Angeles to take a medical with City ahead of another record-setting move.
Jul 23 - 3:20 PM

Manchester City is wasting no time or money this summer when it comes to reshaping an aging back-line.

Just one week after breaking the world record fee for a defender in a £50 million move for Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, Manchester City has seen its £52 million bid for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy accepted with the 23-year-old set to take a medical at the club. And that's not all: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed that right-back Danilo has left the club's preseason training camp in Los Angeles to take a medical at Manchester City after agreeing to a £26.5 million move, which will take the Sky Blues' spending beyond the £200 million mark this summer. The moves cement Aleksandar Kolarov's exit from the club as the left-back has travelled to Boston to complete a move to AS Roma.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 22 - 5:38 PM

Aleksander Kolarov will move to Serie A club Roma once Pep Guardiola has rubber stamped the deal.

The Serbian international is currently on City’s pre-season tour of America but if Guardiola can close the deal on Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, then Kolarov has been given permission to return to the Italian capital. "He helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things. But he had a big chance to go back to Rome where he was before and he spoke to me, the club and asked me to leave. I don't like to stay with players who don't want to stay. That's why it’s the best option for everybody." An initial offer of £44.5 million for Mendy has been rejected, but City will go back with an improved bid as Monaco demand closer to £50m, the fee paid for Kyle Walker.
Source: The Star
Jul 21 - 4:00 AM

David Silva is expected to miss the International Champions Cup game against city rivals United in Texas on Friday.

City take on Jose Mourinho's men at the NRG Stadium in the early hours [3:05am BST] but the Spanish playmaker is expected to sit this one out after picking up a groin injury in training. Pep Guardiola is not prepared to take any risks with the start of the new Premier League season a little over 3 weeks away and Silva will be rested as a precaution. However, new signings Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Ederson could be in line to make their debuts while Gabriel Jesus has recovered from the fractured eye socket he sustained playing for Brazil. Leroy Sane is also back following nose surgery but Ilkay Gundogan is still missing due to a serious knee ligament injury [ruptured ACL].
Source: The Mirror
Jul 20 - 5:42 PM

Manchester City confirmed the signing of Brazilian U20 phenom Douglas Luiz on a five-year contract.

The 19-year-old joins the Sky Blues in a £10 million from Vasco da Gama, but is expected to be loaned out to La Liga side Girona with the club set to become City's sister club given the recent takeover. The attacking midfielder impressed at the South American Under-20 Championship last year and will now look to follow the track of fellow Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus. Said Director of Football Txiki Begiristain: "We are pleased to welcome Douglas. He is an exciting player with great potential, and everyone here is looking forward to helping him develop his talent and progress in the game."
Source: ESPN FC
Jul 15 - 2:44 PM



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