Player News - Manchester City

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Manchester City officially announced the signing of Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old signs surpasses Aymeric LaPorte as the club's most expensive signing in a £60 million move after signing a five-year contract through 2023. Mahrez recorded 12 goals and 13 assists last season after a down year following Leicester's title-winning 2015/16 season, where the Algerian won Premier League Player of the Year honors. Said Mahrez: "I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it."
Jul 10 - 11:07 PM

Manchester City is expecting to finalize a move for Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez by the end of the week.

The Algerian international is expected to take a medical this week at the Etihad after the two sides agreed to a deal in the range of £60 million, well short of the £80 million the Foxes sought for the playmaker. Meanwhile, City is also in talks to sign Napoli's Jorginho in a move expected to be more than £50 million after the Italian was held out of Carlo Ancelotti's preseason roster for the club's summer training programme.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 1:08 PM

England suffered an injury scare on Thursday when John Stones was replaced during the final game of Group G.

The Manchester City centre-back was one of only two outfield players to survive from the previous match, a 6-1 thrashing of Panama, as manager Gareth Southgate made a raft of changes for the dead-rubber clash with Belgium. Stones was replaced at the break by Harry Maguire and was spotted on the England bench with strapping around his left calf. However, Southgate was quick to play down any injury concerns by insisting Stones’ withdrawal had been planned and that he would be available for the Last 16 tie with Colombia next week. Despite the 1-nil loss in Kaliningrad, and finishing second in the group, England look to have a more favourable route to the semi-finals with an additional day’s rest and a meeting with either Sweden or Switzerland, in the next round, should they progress. Belgium host Japan and then face the prospect of taking on the favourites Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 29 - 6:46 AM

Sergio Aguero is expected to miss Argentina’s final Group D game against Nigeria as manager Jorge Sampaoli rings the changes.

La Albiceleste are on the brink of a World Cup exit following their embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Croatia and the Manchester City star could be one of several high-profile names omitted from the starting XI on Tuesday. "Kun Aguero WON'T play in the decisive match against Nigeria," respected journalist Jose Alvarez Haya posted on his Twitter timeline. "Sampaoli will punish him for everything that happened the other day but publicly will justify it by sport reasons. Then will be out Argentina's only goal scorer in the World Cup that has played two very good games." His absence is likely to see a change of system with Gonzalo Higuaín starting his first game of the finals alongside Paulo Dybala while Angel di Maria could be handed a recall.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 25 - 11:08 AM

Manchester City defender Danilo Luiz da Silva is facing a race against time to play in Brazil’s final game of Group E after picking up an injury in training.

The 26-year-old was missing from the match-day squad on Friday after team doctor - Rodrigo Lasmar – confirmed Danilo had tweaked his right thigh during the team’s final session. He was replaced by Corinthians right-back Fagner, in the only change from the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, as Brazil secured a late win over Costa Rica to all but guarantee their progression to the knockout phase of the tournament. A return will to play depend on how Danilo responds to treatment over the coming days, but there is no suggestion at this stage that the injury could end his World Cup.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 23 - 5:02 AM

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

Leicester City look set to get close to their initial asking price for Riyad Mahrez as the winger closes in on a move to Manchester City.

Leicester City have been in talks with the Premier League champions since January when they rejected an offer of £50m plus winger Patrick Roberts for Mahrez. Leicester had initially set the asking price at £80 million for the Algeria international, but reports say that a fee of £60m up front with a potential further £15m in add-ons has now been agreed. With Pep Guardiola keen to wrap up a move for the former PFA Player of the Year before Manchester City's tour to the US, the deal could be completed in the coming days or sometime early next week. Mahrez, who arrived from French club Le Havre in 2014, scored 39 goals and provided 28 assists in 139 Premier League appearances for the Foxes.
May 30 - 11:50 AM

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



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