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Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has tested positive for coronavirus. The Argentina international had been self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of another confirmed case, missing the last four fixtures. However, Aguero has confirmed he has contracted the virus himself as a result of that close contact, which will now see him miss further games as he will be out for at least ten days as per the government guidelines for isolation. The 32-year-old tweeted: "After a close contact, I've been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for COVID 19. I had some symptoms and I'm following doctor's orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!"   The news means that Aguero will miss the FA Cup trip to Cheltenham, and the Premier League f...
Lukaku Set For Shock Move To Manchester City
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Lukaku Set For Shock Move To Manchester City

Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has become a target for Manchester City, who will invest £200 million in their squad in several areas at the end of the season, the UK Telegraph reports. Pep Guardiola’s men sit four points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, ahead of their match with Crystal Palace on Sunday. But City face a summer rebuilding, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Eric Garcia able to leave for free. Guardiola will be in the market for a new striker, left back and a defensive midfielder. One area of concern is a long-term replacement for striker Aguero, who has struggled with injury problems since the start of the season. The 32-year-old striker’s contract expires in six months, and he is yet to make a decision on his futur...
Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave
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Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave

  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted Fernandinho will be leaving this summer. The veteran comes off contract in June. Guardiola said today, "With the players in this part of the season, everything is open, like if we don't get results we will be sacked. We have to win our positions every day but I am more than impressed and surprised about the role of the first captain Fernandinho. "He is leading us in an exceptional way, in the good moments but especially in the bad moments and I think what everyone can take an example from what he has done so far the team will be stronger. "I am more than delighted with what Fernandinho has done through all our time together but especially this season."
Mauricio Pochettino Wants To Make Manchester City Star His First PSG Signing
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Mauricio Pochettino Wants To Make Manchester City Star His First PSG Signing

  Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants to make a Manchester City superstar his first major signing as Paris Saint-Germain manager. City's record all-time goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, is entering the last six months of his contract. That means he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club now, ahead of a free transfer in the summer. Extension talks are apparently ongoing between the 32-year-old and his club. But nothing is settled and, according to football agent Bruno Satin (as reported in The Sun), Pochettino is desperate to take his fellow Argentine to PSG. A strikeforce containing Neymar, Kyllian Mbappe and Aguero would certainly be among the most terrifying in Europe. The Ligue 1 champions already have an Argentine goalscorer in Mauro Icardi, but he...
Man City beat Man United to reach EFL Cup final
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Man City beat Man United to reach EFL Cup final

  Manchester City deservedly beat Manchester United to reach the Carabao Cup final and will now face Tottenham at Wembley as they look to win the competition for a fourth straight year. Second-half goals from John Stones and Fernandinho secured their progress as City cut loose after a first period in which both sides had goals disallowed. Stones exposed poor United set-piece defending when he nudged home Phil Foden's free-kick from close range five minutes after the restart. Pep Guardiola's side looked the more likely scorers afterwards, despite United's increasing desperation, and when Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could only combine to clear a corner to the edge of their own box, Fernandinho drilled a first-time volley into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Cit...
Robin Sadler Joins Manchester United
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Robin Sadler Joins Manchester United

Manchester United have announced that Robin Sadler has joined the Red Devils as head of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Sadler is expected to oversee service provision for first-team, Academy and Women’s teams at Old Trafford. Man United disclosed this in a statement on Monday. “Manchester United is pleased to announce that Robin Sadler has joined the club as head of rehabilitation & physiotherapy. “This is a new position that will oversee service provision for first-team, Academy and Women’s teams,” Man United’s statement read. Robin’s most recent role was the head physiotherapist at the English club, Derby County. He previously worked at Manchester City for 17 years, in the Academy and first-team medical departments.
Guardiola explains decision not to make any substitutions in Man City’s win over Fulham
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Guardiola explains decision not to make any substitutions in Man City’s win over Fulham

The Spanish coach has been pushing for the Premier League to allow for more rotation but snubbed the chance to make any changes Pep Guardiola stood by his decision not to utilise any substitutes as Manchester City ran out 2-0 winners at home to Fulham on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne scored one and set up another as City cruised to a comfortable victory, taking them to within three points of Premier League co-leaders Tottenham and Liverpool ahead of Sunday's action. Despite all but wrapping up the points by half-time, though, Guardiola elected to leave all seven substitutes on the bench.
Messi Should Have Been Sold, Says Barca Boss Tusquets
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Messi Should Have Been Sold, Says Barca Boss Tusquets

Interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets said Thursday that the club should have sold Argentine star Lionel Messi in the summer. Messi made an attempt to leave Barcelona this summer before backing down. He can talk to other clubs in January and leave for free when his contract expires in June, with Manchester City expected to make a renewed attempt to lure the 33-year-old away from Camp Nou. “From an economic point of view, I would have sold Messi this summer. Economically, that would have been desirable,” Tusquets told Catalan radio Rac1. “La Liga imposes salary caps and that would have helped us,” Tusquets said when asked what a potential transfer would have offered. Tusquets, who took over as interim president after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu in Octo...
‘Balotelli would be like Maradona for us’ – Vasco da Gama election hopeful says
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‘Balotelli would be like Maradona for us’ – Vasco da Gama election hopeful says

The 30-year-old has been without a club since leaving Brescia at the end of last season, and he now appears set for South America Mario Balotelli has reached an agreement to sign for Vasco da Gama, whose potential director of sport says the forward “would be like Maradona” for the Brazilian club’s fans. The former Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool forward, 30, has been without a club since leaving Brescia at the end of last season. Balotelli’s one-year deal with his hometown club was not renewed as Brescia were relegated from Serie A, but he had not played since March after reportedly missing training and falling out with the club’s hierarchy.
Bayern coach Flick urges Sane to give more
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Bayern coach Flick urges Sane to give more

  While prepared to be patient, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is eager to see improvement from Leroy Sane. Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick wants to see more from Leroy Sane, but said the attacker needed time. Since joining Bayern from Manchester City for a reported €45million earlier this year, Sane has scored five goals and provided two assists in nine games. The attacker missed almost the entire 2019-20 season with City after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
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Spurs face title test, wounded Liverpool host leaders Leicester

  Tottenham's title credentials face a thorough examination when they host Manchester City as the Premier League returns on Saturday after the international break. Spurs are just a point behind early pace-setters Leicester, but only three points separate the top six, with Chelsea and Aston Villa also having the chance to claim the top spot for a few hours at least when they face Newcastle and Brighton respectively. With the final international fixtures of the year done and dusted, a grueling winter schedule of club football awaits for England's top-flight with nine rounds of league matches before 2 January. Defending champions Liverpool are already bearing the brunt of the hectic schedule as Jurgen Klopp's squad has been ravaged by injury ahead of Leicester's trip to Anfie...
Jesus: Liverpool draw not a good result for Man City
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Jesus: Liverpool draw not a good result for Man City

The 23-year-old striker earned a point for his side with his equalising goal but believes his team should have sealed the win Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was not satisfied with his side's 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. After Mohamed Salah converted a penalty just 13 minutes into the Premier League encounter to give the visitors the lead, Brazilian striker Jesus fired home the equaliser around the half-hour mark to earn a point for his side. But the 23-year-old feels his side should have done better against the defending champions, telling BBC Sport: "The result is not good for us, we know that because we are at home and have to try to win our games here but it was a tough game. They are the champions but we cannot drop these points."
Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach
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Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach

Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola to return as head coach in Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Textual style accepts the most ideal approach to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure previous manager Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered his administration not long ago, following quite a while of analysis on Barcelona’s debilitated funds and battles on the pitch. Bartomeu never recouped from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-last lowering because of possible competition victors Bayern Munich. Yet, presently Font has asserted he realizes how to reestablish the magnificence days at the Catalan goliaths – beginning with a transition to bait old supervisor Guardiol...
Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee
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Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee

  Marseille players did not take a knee in their Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday evening - but they stood and watched the Premier League side do so. Players, coaches, and other staff in stadiums across English football have taken a knee since football returned in June to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Get French Football News have revealed the gesture hasn't been adopted in France and City players took a knee before kick-off at the Orange Velodrome. Marseille players remained stood together and waited for City players to get up before starting the game. It has also been rumoured the players opted for a one minute's silence in memory of Samuel Paty - a teacher murdered in a terrorist attack last week. Despite the explanation, fans onli...
Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City
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Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City

The Argentine striker is due to become a free agent next summer, but his manager says a renewal "depends on his physical condition" Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues "miss him a lot" when he's not fit to play. Aguero has just entered the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, having spent the last nine years of his career in Manchester. The 32-year-old has hit 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time, becoming their all-time record scorer in the process, but injuries have often held him back from making an even greater contribution.
Manchester City mourn tragic death of former academy player Wisten
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Manchester City mourn tragic death of former academy player Wisten

The teenager passed away on Sunday with many of the club's players quick to pay tribute Manchester City have confirmed the death of former academy player Jeremy Wisten, who passed away at the age of just 18. Wisten, a promising defender born in Malawi but raised in the United Kingdom, joined City's elite development squad in 2016 before recently leaving the club. While the cause of death is yet to be confirmed, City posted a brief statement in tribute to Wisten on Sunday night.
West Ham 1-1 Manchester City: Foden cancels out Antonio stunner but City struggle again
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West Ham 1-1 Manchester City: Foden cancels out Antonio stunner but City struggle again

 Phil Foden equalised after a wonderful overhead kick from Michail Antonio but Manchester City were held by West Ham. Manchester City continued their stuttering start to the Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at West Ham. The Hammers last beat City in September 2015 but Michail Antonio's magnificent overhead kick gave them an 18th-minute lead. City produced more of the ponderous play that saw them drop points against Leicester City and Leeds United until Phil Foden came off the bench to inspire their most convincing passage of the match.
‘We start again’ – Guardiola takes blame for Man City’s Champions League failure & hopes 2021 will be their year
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‘We start again’ – Guardiola takes blame for Man City’s Champions League failure & hopes 2021 will be their year

The former Barcelona head coach has never gone beyond the last eight with Premier League side as he starts his fifth bid for the European trophy Pep Guardiola says he feels responsible for Manchester City failing to get beyond the last-eight of the Champions League but believes the club are getting closer. With less than a year remaining on his contract, the City boss is starting what will be his final challenge for the European competition unless he signs a new extension. But he has thus far failed to get beyond the quarter-finals, conceding heavily in exits to Monaco and Liverpool in 2017 and 2018, while City were dumped out by Tottenham in 2019 and were surprisingly beaten by French side Lyon last season.
The Incredible Moment Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes Ran On His Knees And Tackled Sergio Aguero
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The Incredible Moment Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes Ran On His Knees And Tackled Sergio Aguero

    Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhães stopped Sergio Aguero via some very unconventional means on Saturday night. The Argentine ace was making his return after a lengthy injury lay-off and played just over an hour in the 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. He was rather quiet and that was largely because of the performance of Gabriel, signed from Lille in the summer for a reported £27 million fee. The Brazilian was extremely impressive defensively and not afraid to try a unique approach against Aguero. In the early stages of the game, Gabriel was seen running on his knees as he looked to thwart City's record goalscorer. Aguero was fed wide by Bernardo Silva and after looking like he had got past the center-back, Gabriel recovered superbly with some matrix style-defe...
Mikel Arteta Furious That VAR Failed To Take A Second Look At Kyle Walker’s High Kick
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Mikel Arteta Furious That VAR Failed To Take A Second Look At Kyle Walker’s High Kick

A fuming Mikel Arteta revealed his fury over VAR’s failure to check a possible penalty when Kyle Walker raised his boot dangerously to challenge Gabriel during Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City. The incident happened just moments before half-time, but Arsenal’s animated appeals for a penalty were swiftly waved away by the referee. Walker’s foot was head high as he attempted to challenge Gabriel from a corner and came close to making contact with the Arsenal man. https://twitter.com/SkySportsPL/status/1317517335624822784?s=20 And Arteta was incensed at full-time after VAR appeared to opt against reviewing the incident. ‘That has to be checked [by VAR],’ Arteta said after the 1-0 loss. ‘They said that they checked, and I asked ‘How the hell have you checked if you took two second...
Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”
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Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”

The Italian frontman has been without a club since leaving Brescia at the end of last season, but says he's got a new destination lined up Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he will sign for a new club "in a few weeks". Balotelli dropped into the free agency pool after being released by Brescia at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. The 30-year-old forward failed to report for training with the Italian club following the coronavirus lockdown, and was publicly criticised for a lack of discipline by his manager.
Struggling Manchester City draw 1 – 1 with Leeds United
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Struggling Manchester City draw 1 – 1 with Leeds United

Leeds United proved a formidable opponent during the Saturday clash with hitherto powerful Manchester City. The clash ended with a goal each as Manchester City struggled to maintain possession as they lost their one goal lead at first half. The Pep Guardiola side are current disadvantaged by injury which has affected some of their biggest names. With the draw, Leeds move to number 5 on the log while City remained humbled at number 10.
Barcelona Table Expanded €15m Offer For Defensive Target As Deadline Looms
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Barcelona Table Expanded €15m Offer For Defensive Target As Deadline Looms

Barcelona table expanded €15m offer for defensive target as deadline. As per Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo via RAC1, Barcelona have increase their proposal for Manchester City focus back Eric Garcia to €15m. Mundo Deportivo (MD) report that City actually consider this offer inadmissible however, Barcelona at first offered €10m for the expert and should do somewhat more to select the safeguard before the cutoff time. MD include that the two clubs could consent to an arrangement for an expense between €18m to €20m, so Barcelona may just be €3m to €5m away from striking an exchange that would genuinely reinforce their crew. Barcelona are obviously hesitant to pay over the chances for the ability thinking about that the 19-year-old’s agreement terminates the following summer, wit...
Rodrigo Deny Manchester City 3 Point
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Rodrigo Deny Manchester City 3 Point

Rodrigo deny Manchester City 3point. The second half was start to finish and energizing, with the outcome implying that the crown jewels were shared between Pep Guardiola and his previous guide, Marcelo Bielsa. Super-sub Rodrigo scored as Leeds United drew with Manchester City in a throbbing experience at Elland Road. Raheem Sterling opened his record for the season with an excellent independent objective before Rodrigo got his first in English football after an Ederson blunder. Manchester City were on top for a great part of the primary half, yet Leeds had chances as the game went on, and the home side maybe ought to have adjusted before half time. The subsequent half was start to finish and energizing, with the outcome implying that the crown jewels were shared between Pe...
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Sevilla expecting new offer from Man City for Jules Kounde

Sevilla are expecting an offer from Manchester City for Jules Kounde. Marca says City failed with an opening offer for the 22-year-old defender, but they haven't given up on securing his services just yet. Pep Guardiola has become a big fan of the Frenchman and how he plays, so he doesn't want to let the opportunity to sign him pass him by. City have the money to pay for Kounde's transfer fee and are the only contenders for his signature - it's just about convincing Sevilla to let him go. Kounde has a release clause of 80 million euros at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, which City won't match. Their first offer of 50 million euros plus five million in add-ons is expected to rise the second time around - and this time Sevilla could find it hard to say no.
‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players
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‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players

The Spanish coach admits the club are short on numbers and he his eager to tap into their talented youth system Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared the club only have 13 fit players as he looks to giving their academy players a chance to step up. A youthful City side beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday in the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Liam Delap opening the scoring on debut. Phil Foden set up the opener for Guardiola's side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.
Delap Scores On Debut As Man City Edge Past Bournemouth
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Delap Scores On Debut As Man City Edge Past Bournemouth

Liam Delap marked his senior debut with a goal as defending champions Manchester City beat Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup third round. The 17-year-old forward struck in the first half, latching on to Phil Foden's great ball before placing a composed finish beyond the goalkeeper. Sam Surridge equalised for Bournemouth when he found space to sweep home. But Foden secured the win late on, stabbing in after Riyad Mahrez's shot hit the post. Victory means City travel to fellow Premier League side Burnley in the fourth round. It was a memorable night for Delap, who is the son of former Stoke midfielder Rory. The forward was one of five teenagers handed a start by Pep Guardiola in a youthful City side that also included two 20-year-olds. Delap has only been a part of the City...
Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne
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Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City want to reassert their superiority by winning all four major trophies this season. City finished last season with a whimper as they ended 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool and suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon. They were also beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Arsenal with the League Cup final win against Aston Villa a rare highlight for Pep Guardiola’s side. But City are determined to make amends this term and Belgian midfielder De Bruyne insists fresh goals have been set, including a clean sweep of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. “I think the motivation doesn’t change if you win or you lose,” De Bruyne said after impressing in City’s 3-1 win at Wolves on ...
Man City’s Illkay Gundogan To Miss Season Opener Against Wolves, After Testing Positive For COVID-19
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Man City’s Illkay Gundogan To Miss Season Opener Against Wolves, After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Manchester City Midfielder, Illkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third player in the team to test positive since the start of the pandemic, causing him to miss the season opener against Wolves on Monday. He is the latest victim of the virus in the squad after Laporte, Mahrez, both tested positive and have since recovered from the disease. Former City playmaker, Silva also tested positive before joining Real Sociedad. He has also recovered playing in the season opener against Real Madrid on Sunday night. Gundogan will be seat out the season opener with teammates like Laporte, Aguero due to injury with Phil Foden coming back to the squad after being dismissed from England national team during the UEFA Nations League due to a breach in the coronavirus ru...
Sancho backed to become ‘as good as Ronaldo’ as Dortmund team-mate Guerreiro salutes Manchester United target
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Sancho backed to become ‘as good as Ronaldo’ as Dortmund team-mate Guerreiro salutes Manchester United target

The England international winger has seen a big-money move mooted and a current club colleague sees him reaching the very top of the game Jadon Sancho has the potential to be “just as good as Cristiano Ronaldo”, says Raphael Guerreiro, with the player being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United considered to be an “outstanding” asset for Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga outfit have been doing all they can to fend off advances when it comes to the England international winger. Sancho has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since taking the decision to leave Manchester City in 2017 and link up with BVB.
Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be
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Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be

Manchester City successfully defended their crown in the 2018/19 season but were pushed all the way by Liverpool. Pep Guardiola's men finished on 98 points, just one ahead of Liverpool, who responded by finishing 18 points ahead of City last season to end their 30-year wait for a league title, "It was harder than we expected and we needed a very big fight with them to get it done," De Bruyne told the Daily Mail. "Mentally, sometimes it's tougher. Some teams are a little more focused on beating you. "Sometimes, some people find it more difficult after winning to get that same feeling again. It is very difficult to recreate the same feeling even with the same team, "There is so much in life that goes on personally. Every little thing can change you. Injury can change you. Football is all...
‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy
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‘We cannot suddenly decide to behave like Chelsea’ – Klopp defends Liverpool’s transfer policy

The German head coach has stressed the importance of sticking to a winning formula amid calls for reinforcements at Anfield Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy, insisting the club cannot suddenly decide to "behave like Chelsea" after gradually putting together a title-winning team. Liverpool stormed to their first league title in three decades last season, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City after being crowned champions with a record-breaking seven games left to spare. After failing to win a single piece of silverware during his first three seasons at Anfield, Klopp has managed to deliver four trophies in the space of two years, including the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho
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Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho

The Brazilian was asked about the Ligue 1 team's star midfielder and claimed the Spanish coach was interested Lyon sporting director Juninho said Pep Guardiola "likes" Houssem Aouar amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has reportedly emerged as a target for Guardiola's Premier League giants City and Ligue 1 champions PSG following his exploits for Lyon. The 22-year-old French midfielder – also linked to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal – played a key role in Lyon's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.  
Angelino returns to RB Leipzig on loan from Man City with obligation to buy
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Angelino returns to RB Leipzig on loan from Man City with obligation to buy

The 23-year-old will return to the Bundesliga outfit after impressing on loan in the second half of last season RB Leipzig have secured the loan signing of left-back Angelino from Manchester City, who returns after spending the second half of last season with the Bundesliga outfit. The 23-year-old will spend the entire 2020-21 campaign on loan with Leipzig and will potentially stay on a permanent basis. The season-long loan will include an appearance-based obligation to buy for an €18 million (£16m/$21m) fee.
Lucy Bronze returns to Manchester City after trophy-laden Lyon spell
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Lucy Bronze returns to Manchester City after trophy-laden Lyon spell

The England star is back in the Women's Super League after three years in France, where she won an incredible nine trophies Lucy Bronze has returned to Manchester City, signing from Lyon on a two-year deal. The England full-back left City back in 2017 to join the French giants, going on to win nine trophies in her three years there. This season, Bronze helped the club achieve yet another European treble, starring in the 3-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League final. Now, the 28-year-old is back in Manchester and back at the club where she won the Women's Super League, the Continental Cup and the FA Women's Cup between 2014 and 2017.
Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing
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Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing

Manchester City pair Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are two of the three players who returned positive tests Three Premier League players have tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest round of testing instigated by the league. Manchester City have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez have both returned positive tests for the virus, but the identity of the third player is unknown. Both City stars are, therefore, doubtful for the opening round of fixtures for the new Premier League season, with Pep Guardiola’s side up against Wolves on Monday, September 21.
Manchester City Duo, Riyad Mahrez & Aymeric Laporte Test Positive For COVID-19
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Manchester City Duo, Riyad Mahrez & Aymeric Laporte Test Positive For COVID-19

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. Algeria's Mahrez, 29, and Frenchman Laporte, 24, will not train with their team-mates while they self-isolate in line with UK government and Premier League rules. Manchester City say neither player was displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Pep Guardiola's side play Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first fixture of the new league season on 21 September.
‘Foden’s a beautiful player to watch’ – Southgate ready to hand England debut to Man City talent
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‘Foden’s a beautiful player to watch’ – Southgate ready to hand England debut to Man City talent

The young midfielder is in the senior squad for the first time and could see himself pitched straight into the starting XI England boss Gareth Southgate says he is ready to give Phil Foden his Three Lions debut against Iceland on Saturday, describing the Manchester City midfielder as a “beautiful player to watch”. The 20-year-old has been included in the senior squad for the first time as the Three Lions kick off their Nations League campaign in Reykjavik on Saturday before taking on Denmark on Tuesday. Though he began last season on the fringes of the Manchester City first team, Foden ended the campaign as a regular in the side, particularly during the restart.
Messi Confirms He Will Stay At Barcelona
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Messi Confirms He Will Stay At Barcelona

'It was a brutal drama... now I am going to continue in the club': Lionel Messi confirms he will begrudgingly STAY at Barcelona for now with superstar finally giving up on his fight for move to Manchester City in stunning U-turn The superstar's bombshell U-turn was officially announced on Friday evening, although Messi has once again doubled down on his criticism of the board and suggested his desire to avoid a legal battle forced his hand. The 33-year-old club captain announced he is finally abandoning attempts at a move to Manchester City this summer in a recorded interview despite having initially demanded to leave. Lionel Messi has confirmed he will remain at Barcelona due to his desire to avoid a legal battle Jorge Messi had refuted claims from Barca that his son has a...
Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle
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Lionel Messi ‘staying at Barcelona’ as star avoids prospect of legal wrangle

Lionel Messi has reportedly resigned himself to the fact that he will have to see out his Barcelona contract and stay at the club for another year. The Barca captain had been hoping to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, with Manchester City leading the chase for his services as they sought to reunite him with his former manager Pep Guardiola. Messi has become disillusioned with life in Catalonia after Barca's shambolic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League left them looking as far away from returning to the top level of European football as they have been since last winning Europe's biggest prize in 2015. Manager Quique Setien left shortly after that loss, and has been replaced by Ronald Koeman. Messi's father Jorge has been holding talks with Barca ...
Messi Has Reached A Final Agreement With City Football Group, To Join Man City
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Messi Has Reached A Final Agreement With City Football Group, To Join Man City

Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a €700m deal with City Football Group, to move to Manchester City. Lionel Messi's decision to quit Barcelona for Manchester City is to be rewarded with a contract that will cement the multiple Ballon d'Or winner's status as the highest-paid individual in the history of the sport. Record Sport understands that Messi has agreed financial terms worth €700million (currently £623m) over the course of five years in the employ of City Football Group, the Premier League club's holding company. Messi - who on Sunday underlined last week's unilateral recision of the final year of his Barcelona contract by failing to report for mandatory COVID testing at the club – is expected to spend three seasons at Manchester City before moving to CFG's Major League S...
Argentina President Fernandez Urges Messi To Return Home
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Argentina President Fernandez Urges Messi To Return Home

Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez has advised Lionel Messi to return to his homeland and finish his career at his former youth team club Newell’s Old Boys. Messi,33, shocked the world of football last week by informing Barcelona of his intentions to move on this summer following a turbulent season at the Nou Camp. He has been most strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, where he would link up with his previous manager Pep Guardiola again. He has been most strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, where he would link up with his previous manager Pep Guardiola again. But some believe he could be tempted with going back to Newell’s, who he represented at youth level between 1994-2000 before making the move to Spain at the age of just 13. And speaking on Ar...
Manchester City Offers Messi A Bumper €750m – 5 Years Contract
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Manchester City Offers Messi A Bumper €750m – 5 Years Contract

Manchester City are reported to have offered Lionel Messi close to €1m per week (£850,000) over the course of a five-year contract, which would see the six-time Ballon d'Or winner earn €500m (£445m) in total including bonuses That's not all, either. An extra €250m (£223m) bonus would be given to Messi at the three-year mark, taking the total valuation of the five-year contract to a cool €750m (£669m) on City's end. SPORT claim that, in order to side-step Financial Fair Play rules, the €250m signing on bonus would be paid out on the third year to mark the move to New York, rather than up front. The Barcelona captain's relationship with the club broke down further this weekend after he failed to show up for pre-season medical testing, and it is beginning to seem like the situati...
Pep Guardiola Flies To Barcelona For Lionel Messi Talks
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Pep Guardiola Flies To Barcelona For Lionel Messi Talks

Pep Guardiola is in Barcelona for talks with Lionel Messi over a sensational move to Manchester City. Man City are thought to be in pole position to sign Messi after he handed in a transfer request on Tuesday. And the Blues manager has been spotted in Barcelona with widespread reports claiming he was in town to strike a deal with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. He had dinner at a family restaurant on Monday but reports suggest the trip to Spain was more than just a holiday. Restaurant Kao Dimsum posted a photo of Guardiola on social media with the eatery in the suburbs of the Catalan city. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, it appears to be a business trip for Guardiola who'll have to isolate upon returning to the UK. A non-essential visit seems unlikely with ...
Messi would be amazing on a wet Tuesday in Stoke – Pulis
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Messi would be amazing on a wet Tuesday in Stoke – Pulis

The antagonist behind Andy Gray's infamous line does not believe the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would have problems adapting in England Tony Pulis believes that Lionel Messi would have no problems coping on a wet Tuesday at Stoke, with the former Potters manager responding to rumours that the Barcelona star could switch to Manchester City this summer. Messi has handed in a transfer request at Camp Nou and is set for a wrangle with the Catalan club as he believes that he could depart immediately for free while Barca are insistent he still has a year to run on his contract. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been criticised in the past for not having played outside of Spain, with former Sky Sports commentator Andy Gray having suggested that Barcelona would have a hard time fa...
Liverpool Won’t Go Near Messi – Jamie Carragher
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Liverpool Won’t Go Near Messi – Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is excited about the prospect of Barcelona star man Lionel Messi coming to the Premier League claiming he will like to watch him play week in week out.There have been talks on where Lionel Messi will be playing next since he handed in his transfer request this week to Barcelona which is likely to end his 20-year spell at the club. Many top clubs are now looking to bring the current World best player to their respective teams and Manchester City is leading the race as Messi former manager Pep Guardiola is the team coach.Liverpool are also in the scene but Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool won't go near him as the Argentine will be too expensive for the Premier League champions. He revealed this when he was asked 'whether Messi could join a Premier Lea...
Man City Offers Gabriel Jesus, Bernado Silva, Eric Garcia And €100m For Messi
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Man City Offers Gabriel Jesus, Bernado Silva, Eric Garcia And €100m For Messi

Manchester City has said that it would offer Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Eric García, and €100 million for Lionel Messi. This comes a day after the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's father came to England to negotiate a two-year deal with the English club. Recall that the 33-year Argentine playmaker announced on Tuesday night he wanted to leave the LaLiga club this summer, after Barcelona's embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and disappointing season which resulted in no trophies. Before Messi made his decision to leave the club, he held crunch talks with new coach Ronald Koeman following the Dutchman's appointment as Quique Setien's replacement last week. In their discussions, Messi made his decision clear to leave the club while the new manage...
Lionel Messi Wants Neymar To Follow Him To Manchester City
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Lionel Messi Wants Neymar To Follow Him To Manchester City

Lionel Messi 'wants Neymar to join him at Man City' after private talks with ex-Barcelona star Lionel Messi has held private talks with Neymar and wants his former Barcelona teammate to join him at Manchester City, according to reports in Brazil. Nou Camp chiefs are working to convince Messi to stay at the club following the Argentina superstar's bombshell request to leave. The 33-year-old rocked the Catalan giants on Tuesday night, when it is understood he asked for his contract, which has a year still to run, to be terminated under an end-of-season release clause. Messi's intention to quit the Nou Camp came after Ronald Koeman's appointment as Quique Setien's successor last week, following a hugely disappointing season which ended with an 8-2 Champions League quarter-fin...