Player News - Manchester City

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The FA has officially charged Sergio Aguero with violent conduct stemming from the elbow to Winston Reid in Manchester City's Week 3 win over West Ham. Aguero has until Wednesday to answer the charge or be suspended for three matches.

Aguero will, in all likelihood be charged and miss the next three matches including the Manchester Derby a week from Saturday. The rest will probably do him good given the calf injury he picked up on top of his third consecutive summer playing in a major tournament final. This is the worry with Aguero this season. His quality isn't in doubt but he's small and he's been going non-stop for three years. A breakdown could be coming and center forward is the one spot City don't seem to be well-stocked in.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 30 - 1:00 PM

Sergio Aguero is facing the prospect of a ban although his enforced spell on the sidelines could not have been timed better after picking up an injury.

The Argentine was at the centre of a media storm on Sunday when cameras at the Etihad spotted Aguero thrusting an elbow in the face of West Ham defender Winston Reid. The incident, which was missed by referee Andre Marriner, carries an automatic three-game suspension and an FA review panel will analyse video footage today before deciding on whether to charge the City striker with violent conduct. However, the news that Aguero picked up a calf injury during the same game may help to soften the blow. The Argentina FA confirmed on Monday that the 28-year-old had withdrawn from the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Venezuela. Aguero will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the problem.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 30 - 5:29 AM

The agent of Manchester City's Joe Hart has reportedly confirmed to Italian media that the goalkeeper is set for a medical at Torino.

Said agent Jonathan Barnett: "Yes, Joe Hart will play with Torino. It's done. The player said yes to the club and also Manchester City have given the green light. It is all true. Tomorrow [Tuesday] Hart will have a medical in Turin." The 29-year-old keeper quickly fell out of favor under Pep Guardiola in the final weeks of the preseason and now looks to be the No. 3 keeper after the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. Hart has reportedly received permission to leave England camp today to complete the season-long loan to the Serie A side, who finished 12th in the league last season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 4:49 AM

It was touch and go for a stretch in the second half but Manchester City were able to make their early cushion stand and defeat West Ham United, 3-1, with a brace from Raheem Sterling.

City looked to pick up right where they left off last weekend when they put four past Stoke City by scoring twice in the opening eighteen minutes. In the 7th minute, David Silva picked out Nolito on the left who had time and space to feed Sterling a cross in the box for a one-time finish. Eleven minutes later, Kevin de Bruyne sent a free kick into the area and the ball was headed home by an unmarked Fernandinho. City were in cruise control but West Ham managed to pull one back just before the hour mark to make a game of it. Sterling would put the game to bed in stoppage time though, latching on to a Silva pass, worked his way around the keeper and tucked it home from a tight angle. After a forgettable first season for the Citizens, Sterling has found new life under Pep Guardiola, sitting on two goals and two assists through the first three league games.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 28 - 1:01 PM

Pep Guardiola made a raft of changes for the Champions League home tie against Steaua Bucharest following their 5-0 first leg victory in Romania.

Joe Hart and Yaya Toure started in what was seen by many as their final game for the club. Claudio Bravo is on the verge of agreeing a £17m switch from Barcelona with Hart expected to go out on loan. While, Guardiola said Toure must "increase his intensity without the ball" before he will be considered for the Premier League. Sergio Aguero was rested with attacking responsibilities being handed to youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, and it was the 19-year-old who put a dampener on the evening after he was stretchered off with 20 minutes remaining. Iheanacho has since posted an update via Instagram regarding his injury: ‘I’m pleased to inform you all that am okay #mcfc'. However, despite the optimism, he is unlikely to shake off a hamstring problem before the visit of West Ham on Sunday.
Source: Goal.com
Aug 25 - 6:37 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made it clear that he will not let the benching of goalkeeper Joe Hart become a distraction at the club.

Said the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager: "I don't want players to stay if they don't want," Guardiola said. "If they want to stay, stay and we will fight together..."Maybe Joe will stay here and be a player who will fight with the other goalkeepers to convince me to play him. That is the way it is - nothing has changed." The England No. 1 looks set for a loan move away from the club before the end of the month with Everton in the mix, especially after Barcelona confirmed the clubs have reached an agreement over the transfer of Barca keeper Claudio Bravo this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 21 - 9:17 AM

That Yaya Toure didn't start against Sunderland on Saturday isn't a surprise. That he didn't even make the bench is.

There have been rumors left, right and center that Yaya Toure isn't in Pep Guardiola's plans for this season. If you're looking for evidence of that being true, Pep gave you a pretty good clue leaving a very expensive player in Toure who didn't have a big summer tournament on the outside looking in. Transfer rumors have been on the back-burner since some early-summer Yaya-to-Milan/Inter rumors but that doesn't mean that Pep is any more interested in the Ivorian featuring for his City side.
Aug 15 - 2:29 PM

The future of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart looks to be away from the Etihad after being benched for the club's opener.

Hart is the club's longest-serving player after 10 years with the Sky Blues and is the England No. 1, but that didn't stop new manager Pep Guardiola from making a statement by benching him for the club's 2-1 win against Sunderland in favor of backup Willy Caballero. Guardiola openly admitted that he wasn't satisfied with Hart's footwork as he prefers a sweeper keeper-type at the back. With this is mind, Manchester City is rumored to be pursuing either Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo along with Sporting Lisbon keeper Rui Patricio with reports suggesting City is open to any offers around £20 million for Hart.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 15 - 4:13 AM

John Stones was forced to anchor a makeshift defense but City rode a penalty and an own goal to an opening day win.

With Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliquim Mangala all unavailable new center back John Stones partnered Aleksandar Kolarov in central defense. It was never entirely comfortable but City did just enough in front of Wily Caballero who replaced Joe Hart.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 13 - 2:32 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gave his first prematch press conference, clarifying the status of his back-line.

Said Guardiola before Saturday's season opener against Sunderland: "Stones has had a lack of time with his teammates but he reads the game...He reads what’s going on and what he needs to do – I think he’s ready. Nicolas is much, much better – he had a problem with his tendon. He will be fit but we have a little, little eye on the game in Romania so we’ll see tomorrow whether he’ll play against Sunderland." All signs point to Stones starting in his debut, although Guardiola has gone with Fernando and Aleksandar Kolarov as center-halves in preseason friendlies this summer.
Aug 13 - 4:05 AM

Manchester City is reportedly fielding offers for out-of-favor midfielder Samir Nasri this summer due to various behavioral problems.

The 29-year-old was recently featured in an edgy music video while partying this summer in LA on top of showing up to preseason training overweight, according to manager Pep Guardiola: "Samir arrived back a little overweight but he is much, much better now. He has fought a lot during these weeks (in China) but he is a little bit overweight. Last season, he was overweight and had injuries all season and we want to avoid that." The Frenchman made only seven appearances last season in injury relief but is reportedly fielding interest from AS Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 10 - 4:44 AM

Manchester City has followed up their rivals blockbuster move with one of its own in the signing of Everton defender John Stones.

Manchester City confirmed the £47.5million signing of the 22-year-old just hours after Paul Pogba was revealed by Manchester United. Stones, who signed a six-year contract through 2021, becomes the club's eighth signing of the summer. Said the defender: "I'm absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal's done I'm looking forward to the next stage in my career. I've obviously seen what's going on here at the Etihad, it's an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can't wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals."
Aug 9 - 6:14 AM

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hinted that Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony could be on their way out this summer.

While confirming their status at the club for the time being, Guardiola made a statement by leaving the duo out of the club's mini preseason tour, which ended in a 3-2 loss to Arsenal in Sweden on Sunday. Said Guardiola: "At the moment they are players for Manchester City of course, until what happens will be." While Mangala has only just returned from his post-Euro break following a loss in the final with France, Bony surely looks set for a summer exit with a bevy of strikers at Guardiola's disposal and Everton and Swansea City strongly linked to the Ivorian.
Source: ESPN
Aug 8 - 7:15 AM

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta ended speculation of an exit by confirming he will remain at the club this summer.

The 31-year-old right-back confirmed that he spoke to new manager Pep Guardiola, who assured him that he has a place in the team this season with only one year left on his current contract. Zabaleta will likely play second-fiddle to Bacary Sagna once again this season, but the Argentine said he does not have any interest in leaving the club: "I've always been away from that because I knew from the first day it was my decision [to stay]. I had been told my the new manager that I was part of this squad for this season, so I am more than pleased for this because City was my priority."
Aug 8 - 7:08 AM

Manchester City has announced yet another transfer for a U21 standout in winger Marlos Moreno from Atletico Nacional.

The 19-year-old Colombian joins on a five-year contract after a standout Copa Liberatadores tournament last season with Atletico. Moreno is the third U21 standout signing of the week following Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Jesus and Schalke winger Leroy Sane. The Colombian will now join Deportivo La Coruna on loan for the upcoming season. Said Moreno: "City are one of the best clubs in the world. It will be nice to experience being part of such a big Club. I want to make the most of it. Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. I think he likes young players very much and he can improve young players tactically and technically. It will be great to work with him and to be part of a great team."
Aug 6 - 4:59 AM


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