Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City defender Gael Clichy confirmed that he will not return to the club next season.

In an interview with "Sky Sports" at a fan Q&A event, Clichy said that he has played his last game at City when asked whether he would play alongside Joe Hart next year: "It's hard. I'm not sure whether or not Joe will be here next season, and I won't be here next season." Clichy's contract is up this summer and looks to be the second City defender to confirm his exit with Pablo Zabaleta receiving a sendoff last week at the Etihad. The Frenchman joined from Arsenal in 2011 and won two Premier League titles with the side.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 3:43 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola received the only consolation in a trophy-less season with a Champions League spot after a 5-0 win at Watford.

It was an absolute blowout at Vicarage Road before the halftime whistle even sounded with the Sky Blues taking a 4-0 lead into the break with the added assurance returning to Champions League next season. Vincent Kompany opened the scoring in just the fifth minute, putting in a Kevin De Bruyne cross for the lead. De Bruyne then assisted on the next goal from Sergio Aguero for his league-leading 18th of the season. Aguero added another goal in the 36th for his 20th of the season before Gabriel Jesus got rolling, assisting on Fernandinho's 41st-minute strike before scoring his seventh for the fifth and final of the afternoon.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:09 PM

The stars were out for Manchester City at the Etihad on Tuesday night in a 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion.

The festivities began in the 27th minute after Kevin De Bruyne found Gabriel Jesus in front of goal for his third goal in the last four matches, and De Bruyne's league-leading 16th assist of the season. Just two minutes later, Gabriel Jesus returned the favor by assisting on De Bruyne's goal to give City a two-goal lead before the half-hour mark. It was Pablo Zabaleta's official last match in Manchester City blue at the Etihad, and the same might be true for Yaya Toure, who scored the club's third goal after a quick one-two with Sergio Aguero above the box. City now sit in third place, three points above fifth-place Arsenal and needing just a draw on Sunday against Watford to secure a Champions League spot.
Source: NBC Sports
May 16 - 4:55 PM

Manchester City defender John Stones will be back in the squad on Tuesday when the club faces West Brom.

Stones has missed the last month of action after picking up a knock against Hull City at the beginning of April. But Guardiola confirmed Stones will be back in the team for the final two matches of the season. Tuesday's home final will already be a farewell for Pablo Zabaleta, who informed the club that he will leave in the summer, but it could very well be the last home game for Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna, who could face summer exits as Guardiola looks to inject some youth into his side.
May 16 - 1:05 PM

Manchester City confirmed Tuesday's match will be defender Pablo Zabaleta's last at the Etihad in City blue.

Reports suggest Zabaleta was looking for a new two-year contract from the club once his current deal expires this summer. But after almost nine years at the club, Zabaleta announced he will leave on a free this summer with West Ham being linked with a move for the 32-year-old. "Pablo has informed the club he will move to pastures new, but leave behind many happy memories. Fans will have the opportunity to show their appreciation for one of the Club's most loyal and loved servants of recent times against West Brom on Tuesday evening, which will be Pablo's last home appearance."
Source: Sky Sports
May 15 - 2:08 PM

Manchester City built a two goal cushion in the first half of their match against Leicester, aided by two Leroy Sane assists, but they nearly dropped points as they staved off a comeback by the Foxes and held on for a 2-1 win.

It was typical attacking football from City, with Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Sane at the heart of the action. Their first goal came just before the half hour mark, when Sane delivered an accurate cross to Silva, the latter finishing for his second goal in as many games. Seven minutes later, Sane drew a foul from Yohan Benalouane to earn a penalty. Birthday boy Yaya Toure seemed the obvious choice to take the spot kick, but he gave the honor to Jesus, who finished strongly. That was the peak of City's day though, as they allowed Leicester to pull one back just before halftime and the Citizens became increasingly frustrated in the final third in the second half. Lucky for them, a mistake by Riyad Mahrez, who had a chance to level the score, allowed City to maintain the advantage and would see out the match despite increasing pressure from the Foxes. City move ahead of Liverpool into third position with the victory.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 9:56 AM

Manchester City's Champions League hopes were given a massive boost with the return of Sergio Aguero.

Said manager Pep Guardiola: "There are no injuries except Gundogan and Bravo. Sergio trained in the last few days and the rest are OK. Like Sergio, John Stones trained with the group the last two or three days as well." The Argentine star missed out on a 5-0 win against Crystal Palace after sustaining a groin injury in Gameweek 36. But Aguero has been cleared to return along with defender John Stones, to face Leicester City in Saturday's midday match with the club sitting just three points above fifth-place Arsenal.
May 13 - 5:08 AM

Manchester CIty goalkeeper Willy Caballero is determined to earn a new contract in the final four matches of the season.

The 35-year-old is out of a contract at the end of the season after two years with the Sky Blues. Despite being considered a backup for much of the season, Caballero has played an instrumental role given Claudio Bravo's difficult time breaking into the Premier League, featuring in 13 Premier League matches this season. And now the keeper will have a chance at a new deal as City chases a fourth-place finish and a Champions League berth. Said Caballero: "I have my opportunity to play now and to try to show what I can do and how I can help the team," Caballero continued. I have to keep going and after we will speak with the club and my agent."
Source: Sky Sports
May 9 - 11:32 AM

Kevin de Bruyne took over the league lead in assists with a pair today and added a goal for good measure as Manchester City blasted Crystal Palace, 5-0.

It was a complete performance from the Citizens, with their defense also deserving some of the spotlight, as Vincent Kompany looks the steady anchor we have not seen in quite some time. It took less than two minutes to grab what would be the match-winner, as David Silva guided home a failed clearance of a ball in from Raheem Sterling. The next goal would not come until four minutes into the second half, as Kompany smashed one in from the edge of the box, assisted by de Bruyne. The rout was on, with de Bruyne scoring ten minutes later, assisted by Gabriel Jesus. City made it four to the good on 82 minutes, when Pablo Zabaleta knocked a ball down into Sterling's path, the latter finishing. Then, in the game's dying moments, de Bruyne passed Christian Eriksen for the league lead in assists, sending a free kick in that Nicolas Otamendi headed home. With a double gameweek on the horizon, there should be plenty of transfers coming from City after today's result.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 9:33 AM

The news isn't as bad as initially feared, but Sergio Aguero won't be available for Manchester City this weekend.

After a goal and assist against Middlesbrough last weekend, Aguero limped away in the final minutes with a groin injury that reports suggested could end his season. But manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Sky Blues hope to have him back for next weekend's match against Leicester City. Meanwhile, midfielder David Silva looks set to return this weekend after fighting off a knock picked up against Arsenal in the FA Cup. "No [Aguero is not fit]," Guardiola said. "Hopefully next one but this game no. Yesterday was the first training session [Silva completed since injury]. The action from the semi-final in the FA Cup, he is still not perfect."
May 5 - 11:41 PM

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of star striker Sergio Aguero after the Argentine limped off at the Riverside Stadium because of a muscular problem.

The 28-year-old, who has been in a rich vein of form recently [13-goals in sixteen matches], may have kicked his last competitive ball of 2016/17 after suffering a suspected groin strain during the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Aguero chipped in with another goal + assist, but as the game moved into time added on, he was replaced in visible discomfort. The City striker will head for a scan on Wednesday, and if the results show anything except minor damage, it’s unlikely he will play again with less than three weeks of the season remaining. Fortunately, the Citizens were able to hand Gabriel Jesus his first start in over two months, following his recovery from a fractured metatarsal, and the Brazilian, although not fully match fit, is expected to lead the line during the season run-in.
May 2 - 3:34 PM

Manchester City failed to break away from rival Manchester United following a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough on Sunday.

United's draw against relegation candidate Swansea City earlier in the day gave City hope that it could add to the one-point lead over its rivals for the fourth and final Champions League spot. But the Sky Blues had some trouble of their own with a relegation candidate in the Teessiders, led by former City striker Alvaro Negredo. Twice, they found themselves down a goal on Riverside, but City fans finally got their wish with a fluid attack featuring both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Both strikers scored to come back from one-goal deficits with Aguero providing a perfect cross for Gabriel Jesus' header in the 85th minute to ensure a point after Aguero's 69th-minute penalty.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 11:19 AM

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was taken off on a stretcher in Thursday's draw with Manchester United.

Bravo didn't have much to occupy him with Manchester United only recording one shot on goal, but the Chilean had to be replaced by Willy Caballero in the second half after sustaining a calf injury while defending a corner kick. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he expects Bravo to miss the next couple of matches as the Sky Blues fight for a Champions League spot: "I haven't spoken to the doctor but it looks like the calf. We will know more tomorrow. He has an injury and it looks like it could be a few games, but we will have to see."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 28 - 12:22 AM

Substitute Gabriel Jesus had a late header correctly ruled offside as Manchester City and Manchester United fought out a goalless draw at the Etihad.

Manchester City lacked the killer touch on Thursday, dominating possession and the attacking chances throughout an eventful derby clash. Sergio Aguero, who piled up a season-high number of shots (8), came closest for City when he hit the post early on before Aleksandar Kolarov saw his strong effort denied by David De Gea. Pep Guardiola's side continued their offensive assault in the second-half with both Raheem Sterling and Aguero forcing De Gea again into action. The match tilted even further in the home side's favor when Marouane Fellaini was dismissed after headbutting Aguero, while Jesus had his close-range header disallowed for offside in stoppage time. The result means City remain fourth in the table, one point and place above United.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 27 - 6:05 PM

David Silva seems certain to miss tomorrow’s Manchester derby having failed to recover the knock which forced him off at Wembley.

The Spain star was caught during the opening exchanges of Sundays FA Cup semi-final by Arsenal centre-back Gabriel, but despite trying to run the injury off, he was replaced on 23 minutes: "David [is a] real, real doubt - I don’t know if he will be ready to play," Pep Guardiola said. However, it does look like Sergio Aguero will be OK following a return to training while Gabriel Jesus is available after three months out due to a fractured metatarsal, although his "physical condition is not optimal." Fernandinho was confident of recovering earlier this week but there was no mention from Pep. Bacary Sagna could also make a surprise return but John Stones is struggling with an unspecified muscular problem and is likely to be absent again.
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM


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