DZEKO WILL STAY

After being linked with a move away from the Etihad stadium for a long time, it appears that Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko will be set to stay at the club at least for one more season. New manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the 27-year-old will be a key part of his plans in the coming season. It was former manager Roberto Mancini who brought him to the club a few years ago, but the £ 30 million signing has never been a regular first choice. Despite this, he has continued to score crucial goals for the club.

A change in management appears to have brought about a change in his fortune, as Pellegrini has said that Dzeko will be a key man for City in the coming season. This will be a huge morale boost for the player, who has to contend with the competition from new faces like Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. The two players were recently brought in for a combined transfer fee in excess of £ 50 million. The Bosnian international, though, continued to demonstrate his importance in the team by scoring regularly in the pre-season as well.

City recently won the Barclays Asia trophy by beating Sunderland in the final.

“Not only in Hong Kong. I have a lot of trust in him. Everyone was talking before I arrived that we will bring in [Edinson] Cavani, [Robert] Lewandowski, all those players. But I always trusted in Edin Dzeko and he is now playing the way I want. I am sure he will continue improving,” said Pellegrini after the club won this pre-season tournament. Dzeko was once again the scorer in the final against Sunderland as well. City were linked with several strikers like Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski before bringing in Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.

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CITY WAIT

Manchester City had to wait several weeks before confirming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager. Immediately after taking over, the former Malaga manager said that winning the Champions League is his main priority. Despite spending millions of pounds on players, former manager Roberto Mancini was unable to lead the club to success in European competitions. This is believed to be one of the main reasons behind his sacking a few months ago. City failed to retain the Premier league title, while also being trophyless for the last season.

Pellegrini has also not been hugely successful in terms of trophies, but he has overachieved with clubs like Malaga and Villarreal. He has managed to take these clubs into the latter stages of the Champions League, which was unthinkable given their low budget. Pellegrini has said that City clearly have the best squad the Premier league and it’s about time they showed the same on the pitch as well. City suffer from the lack of consistency over the course of last season, as they watched their rivals Manchester United win the 20th Premier league title.

Pellegrini will not have to face the red face of Alex Ferguson next season, as the United manager stepped down to allow Moyes into the position.

“We have the best squad in the Premier League, we have wonderful players and we can reach important titles in the next three or four seasons here. We have everything we need to be successful next year. Last season, they [City] were not successful in winning a title, but I’m sure next year we are going to win maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We’re going to try to win it all. With Málaga, I reached the quarter finals of the Champions League and with Villarreal also the quarter finals and semi-finals of the Champions League,” said Pellegrini.

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MANCINI SUPPORTS UNITED

The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has strangely stated that he will be supporting Manchester United when they will be taking on Real Madrid in the last 16 stage of the Champions League. Mancini has said that he is hoping that the Champions league progression for United will be a blessing in disguise for City because it will be a distraction for the Red Devils. United have a massive advantage over City in the table. They are the odds on favourite to win the title this season. Mancini has said that playing against Real Madrid will certainly not be easy because they are one of the best teams in the world.

It was not long ago that City played against Madrid in the group stages of the competition. Due to tough nature of the group, City were unable to progress of the group stages. Even though it led to a lot of criticism for the manager, he is hoping that it will turn into a blessing this time around. City will have a lot of time to concentrate on the Premier league because they only have the FA Cup as the other competition in the remainder of the season. United, on the other hand, will have to focus on 3 competitions.

“Yes, it would be another two games for them. I will go there and support them with a red-and-white flag. But playing Real is tough — they are one of the best in the world. Them and Barca. They have incredible players, fantastic history. It will be very hard for United to beat them because they are a really top club. If we could do it last year when we were eight points behind with six games to go, it’s not impossible that we can recover this with 14 games left,” said Mancini.

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LIVERPOOL OR CITY

The Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has increased the tension between them and arch rivals Manchester City by saying that he thinks that the game with Liverpool is far more important than the matches against their local rivals. The history between Manchester United and Liverpool is extremely well-known and there is a strong rivalry between the two clubs. Even the Manchester United and Manchester City have had the same rivalry, it has not been the most important match over the course of the season until only recently following the arrival of new owners at City.

United will be facing their old foes Liverpool during the weekend. Despite Liverpool struggling near the mid-table, Scholes thinks that the match against Liverpool is always huge. Scholes has also taken a dig at City by saying that it will take them many years in order to achieve the history that Liverpool have in the game. Liverpool are the second most successful club when it comes to the most number of league titles – 18. However, they are the most successful club in England when it comes to the number of European trophies won – 5. City, on the other hand, have only recently won their first league title for 44 years, and are looking unlikely to retain it this season.

“It’ll probably take years for City to create what Liverpool have done. Liverpool historically are our biggest rivals, they’re always the biggest games and the best atmospheres. Liverpool probably haven’t done as well as they’d have liked over the last few years — and they’d probably admit that. But it’s definitely still right up there, it will always be right up there,” said Scholes. The 38-year-old midfielder is expected to be a key ingredient of the United team during the weekend. Scholes has made 14 appearances for the club this season.

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NOT AT FULL POWER

The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that his team are not exactly firing on all cylinders in the recent matches. Even though City have won the Premier league title last season, they have been unable to build on that success as they have struggled this season. However, a number of crucial goals from players like Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, and Edin Dzeko has played a crucial role in keeping City near the top of the table. After the recent match with Everton, City allowed United to open a four-point advantage. This was because of the 1-1 draw for City, while United managed a 4-3 win over Reading.

After the Everton match, Mancini admitted that are not firing on all cylinders and this is the reason for them not performing well in all competitions this season. City were recently dumped out of the Champions League after a disappointing group stage performance, while they know look second favourites to win the title this season. It looks very much like United will be top of the table on Christmas and New Year. Even though City managed to stretch their unbeaten home record to 37 matches, the manager was extremely disappointed after the 1-1 draw with Everton.

City were rescued courtesy of penalty from Carlos Tevez, which was questionable. Everton have taken the lead through the Belgian Marouane Fellaini. “We spent most of the second half in Everton’s half but we couldn’t find a way through. Our strikers aren’t firing on all cylinders at the moment and not scoring enough goals but they worked hard today and they will have periods like that during the season. We are not going to go through the season winning every game and sometimes you have to accept it is not going your way and take something out of the game,” said Mancini.

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Aguero could play against Real

It would be fair to say that Manchester City certainly missed the presence of Sergio Aguero in the club’s 1-1 draw with Stoke at the weekend, although it might not be too long before supporters see the Argentina striker take to the field again. Roberto Mancini has stated that the 24-year-old has been training with the first team squad for a week and is now in contention for the Champions League game against Real Madrid this week.

Aguero’s campaign started in the most disastrous fashion after he was forced off in City’s first game of the campaign against Southampton with a knee injury. Fortunately, he has not missed too many outings domestically due to the international break, although Mancini could not contain his disgust after Argentina decided to call up the player even though it was obvious he was not fit to play in their fixtures last week.

Nevertheless, after failing to return for the weekend game against Stoke, it looks like Aguero will definitely be involved in some capacity against Real on Tuesday. Speaking to the media, Mancini said, “Sergio has had a week working with the team so I think so. Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world. To play the first game away will be very tough but at the same time I think it will be a fantastic game for everyone.”

With Aguero poised to return to the reckoning, it remains to be seen which attacking option Mancini will decide to sacrifice. He opted to start with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli for the game with Stoke, with Edin Dzeko coming on as a late substitute. Following the troubles in front of goal in that clash, nobody quite knows what action the Italian will take ahead of the big Champions League encounter on Wednesday evening.

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CITY WILL MISS BALOTELLI

The Manchester city striker Mario Balotelli could miss the match against Stoke city as he has undergone a laser-eye surgery in Italy, according to Man City Football News.

The 22-year-old is one of the best strikers in the Premier league, and Manchester city will certainly miss him according to the manager Roberto Mancini. Even though Mario Balotelli has only flashes of brilliance during his two seasons with Manchester city, he has always regarded as an important player by the manager. His absence will leave Manchester city with just Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez as the two main strikers at the club.

Mario Balotelli has been wearing contact lenses up until now. However, in order to enhance his play the striker has undergone a laser-eye surgery according to the manager Roberto Mancini. This would enable Mario Balotelli to play without contact lenses. Manchester city will have a tough few matches in the next few weeks because they will be facing the likes of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Roberto Mancini has said that Mario Balotelli had no other alternative but to go for the surgery because he developed many problems with the contact lenses during the start of the season.

“He had a few problems with contact lenses some years ago. We waited for the defect to stabilise over the last four years and this was the right time to have the operation. His eyes did not tolerate the contact lenses and had problems at the start of the season. I think in around 10 days he should be ready to play again. Already he asked if he could drive and I suggested he should get a lift until Thursday,” said Roberto Mancini ahead of the match with Stoke city during the weekend. Manchester city’s main priority will be to stop conceding goals.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TARGET

Yaya Toure has said that after winning the Premier League title in the last season, Manchester City is aiming to go one step ahead and win the UEFA Champions League Title this time around. The last season was one of the most successful seasons in the history of Manchester City. The club won the Premier League title for the first time.  As per Toure, that was a fantastic achievement, but, what happened in the last season is history now. The team shouldn’t think too much about the last season and should focus on the new season.

On being asked about the return of Carlos Tevez to the team, Toure said that he is happy with the return of Argentinean striker. He is a fantastic player and he would certainly help City in defending the Premier League title. In the last season, Tevez refused to go on to the field as a substitute in a match against Bayern Munich. Due to this behaviour, he was suspended from the club for an indefinite time. However, earlier this year, Tevez apologized for his behaviour and he has been included in the City’s squad again for this season. As per Toure, Tevez has always been a team man.  He gives his 100% for the team. Everybody in the team has forgotten the incident of the last season and hopefully, Tevez would perform well in the new season.

The manager of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, has also expressed his delight on Tevez’s return to the squad.  Mancini said that Tevez is looking in fine form and he played very well in the pre season matches. He would be an important player for City in this season. He has done well for City in the past and hopefully, he would be able to deliver for the club in the 2012-13 season again.

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DE JONG CALM ON FUTURE

Manchester City defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong has said that he is extremely calm over his future. The Dutchman is entering into the final year of his contract, but has said that he is not panicking at the moment about his Manchester City future. Nigel de Jong was signed the former manager Mark Hughes and was a crucial member of the Manchester City team before the arrival of Ivory Coast international Yaya Touré. Due to the extraordinary performances of the Ivorian, manager Roberto Mancini has often used Nigel de Jong as a substitute. Even though the Dutchman has admitted that he has been playing less as he would have hoped, he would like to stay with the Premier league champions.

The 27-year-old arrived at the club for around £ 18 million from German club Hamburg only a few seasons ago. He made only 11 starts in the league last season, but managed to win the first Premier league title of his career. It is expected that Manchester City will be challenging for a number of trophies including the Champions League title this season. Nigel de Jong has stated that he wants to be part of the title success at Manchester City.

“My contract runs for another year, so I’m in a pretty good position. I would like to stay. I’ve been at the club for more than three years and I’m enjoying myself. I have won the two biggest trophies in England – the FA Cup and the league title. I’ve seen the club develop from total chaos with the training facilities into a top club, and that’s very satisfying to see. We have a rotation system. Ideally I would play in every game, but the team comes first and we won the title, so it was all worth it,” said Nigel de Jong.

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OUT ON LOAN

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that a number of youth and reserve team players will be sent out on loan deals to various clubs next season. Manchester United reserve team has just won the Premier Reserve League North title by a mammoth 13 points, thus confirming that this group of youngsters is the most special yet. Due to the presence of a number of high profile players at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson reckons that it will be difficult for them to gain experience of playing first-team football at Manchester United. Therefore, they are likely to be sent out on loan deals in England and in various countries across Europe.

The current reserve team of Manchester United contains a number of players from the FA Youth Cup-winning side of last year. It contains the likes of Michael Keane, Larnell Cole, and Zeki Fryers. These are some of the players of whom a lot is expected in the future. Even Sir Alex Ferguson has said that this is certainly a special group of youngsters at Manchester United. Even though United’s academy has been producing a number of first-team players on a regular basis, none have been able to match the quality of Paul Scholes or David Beckham.

“There will be a few going out on loan. We’ll always do that. We have eight or nine out at the moment, including Robbie Brady, Scott Wootton, Joshua King and John Cofie. I went to see Oliver Norwood at Coventry recently and he’s been a star for them. Some of them will definitely go out again next season. It’s a good group of players,” Ferguson told Inside United. Manchester United look set to concede their Premier league title to archrivals Manchester City after losing the vital Manchester derby 1-0 on Monday night.

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