The forward is a rumored target who Pep would love to have. City have no real competition and if Pep can and wants to woo him this move is possible.
Likely? Of course not, but new reports of unhappiness in Spain can be the catalyst for the move. The move would come as a free transfer given Messi can essentially opt out this summer. Will Messi leave?
Spanish and Argentine press have claimed he is close to a final straw amid disorganization the clubs board level and straight up failure in the transfer window.
One wrinkle to monitor is that Messi can opt out both this summer and next in 2021.
That makes a reunion with Pep difficult unless he does it in the next couple of weeks because this is all likely Pep’s final season at the Etihad. Could a Messi arrival next year keep Pep longer? Of course, will have to wait and find out.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not feel the need for Manchester City to line up for a guard of honour for his players.
Jürgen Klopp says it will not be necessary for Manchester City to give Liverpool a guard of honour ahead of their Premier League clash on Thursday.
City guard of honour unnecessary, says Klopp Pep Guardiola stated that City will line up to welcome the newly-crowned champions onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium for their first match since winning the title last week.
Liverpool celebrated being champions of England for the first time in 30 years when City were beaten at Chelsea last Thursday.
Klopp does not feel the need for Guardiola’s men to make such a gesture to the side that has dethroned them, but thinks it is a nice touch.
The Reds boss said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday: “I am not sure if I’ve ever had one [a guard of honour], long ago in Germany maybe.
“An English tradition and it is a nice gesture. I wouldn’t need it as we want to play football and don’t celebrate but again it’s nice. That is it.”
Liverpool lead second-placed City by a mammoth 23 points with seven games remaining this season, but Klopp says there is no chance they will be winding down.
He added: “I saw City play three times now [since the restart]. You cannot defend City if you don’t play an intense game.
“I can’t see a game where two teams are waiting for final whistle. This will be a proper football game.”
Klopp revealed that he has no new injuries to contend with.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly joining Manchester City this summer in a £72m (€80m) deal, after turning down interest from Newcastle United.
Kouliably is one of Europe’s most sought-after centre backs, after six impressive years in Naples and despite interest from PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid too, the 29-year-old looks set to join the Premier League.
Newcastle, who could soon be under fresh ownership involving the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, are also courting the Senegal international but the lure of working with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad has made Koulibaly’s mind up, according to Italian outlet Il Mattino.
The report details that the Napoli defender will be sold by chairman Auerlio De Laurentiis in order to keep the club’s finances in check and fund new signings.
The price is around €80m (£72m) for Koulibaly, who starred as Napoli won the Coppa Italia last week after beating Juventus on penalties, and he will reportedly sign a five-year deal at the Etihad.
A separate report in Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo explains that the defender has also rejected interest from Ligue 1 in Paris Saint-Germain, and LaLiga in Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Guardiola is the lure for the Senegalese, over other English options which reportedly include Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as the Magpies.
This season, the Napoli vice-captain has made 24 appearances in all competitions, after missing action in January due to a bicep injury.
He has been at the Stadio San Paolo for six years, after joining from Metz in 2014 for just £6.5m.
Koulibaly will face competition at City for a centre back spot, alongside Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.
City, meanwhile, relinquished their Premier League crown on Thursday night, after a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea means Liverpool have an unassailable lead at the top of the table with seven games to go.
Christian Pulisic and Willian gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Manchester City, crowning Liverpool Premier League champions.
Liverpool are Premier League champions after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola’s side had the chance to prolong the Reds’ 30-year wait at least until the two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium next week, but the title was within touching distance when Christian Pulisic gave Frank Lampard’s side a 36th-minute lead.
Kevin De Bruyne’s spectacular free-kick brought City level and Raheem Sterling hit the post, but their vulnerability on the break was eventually punished when Fernandinho handled in a desperate 75th-minute goalmouth scramble.
Match Events 27′ Barkley’s powerful shot blocked by Fernandinho
The ball falls to Barkley after a poor clearance from Laporte following a low cross into the box by Alonso from the left. Barkley smashes it towards goal, but Fernandinho gets across and makes a vital block just in time to turn it out of play for a corner.
36′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Man City (Pulisic)
A fantastic counter-attack by Chelsea but it comes after an awful mistake on the halfway line, with Mendy and Gundogan both leaving the ball to each other and Pulisic nicks it off them, races through on goal and then slides it into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
55′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Man City (De Bruyne)
De Bruyne gets the ball over the wall and it dips straight into the top left-hand corner of the net, giving Kepa no chance of saving it. We have a very interesting game on our hands now.
57′ OFF THE POST! Sterling nearly scores
Sterling strikes the woodwork after a superb counter-attack by City. Ederson plays the ball out quickly and within three passes, City are in the penalty area. Sterling only had Kepa to beat, but he sees his shot strike the post and then Chelsea clear the danger.
71′ Walker makes goal-line clearance to deny Pulisic
Pulisic goes incredibly close to putting Chelsea ahead again! The winger breaks through on goal once again, this time he rounds Ederson, he takes a little knock from the keeper, then slides the ball towards goal and it seems to be a certain goal. However Walker does brilliantly to slide in on the line and block the shot, clearing the danger. The referee looked at his goal line technology watch, but nothing happens, no goal.
77′ Red Card! Fernandinho sent off after VAR check
Fernandinho is sent off after blocking the shot on the goal line, denying Chelsea a goal. The defender has no complaints about the decision and now Chelsea have the opportunity to take the lead once again.
78′ Penalty Goal! Chelsea 2-1 Man City (Willian)
Willian converts from the penalty spot to send the hosts back into the lead, he sends Ederson the wrong way, placing the ball high into the net.
Liverpool will need favours from Manchester City to clinch a first Premier League title in 30 years this week after being held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in a Merseyside derby without the usual fervour behind closed doors on Sunday.
Everton came the closest to breaking the deadlock as Tom Davies struck the post and Alisson Becker saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to deny the Blues a first derby win in 10 years.
Liverpool remain well on course to win the league with a 23-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men at the top of the table.
The Reds could clinch the historic feat on home soil against Crystal Palace on Wednesday should City drop points at home to Burnley on Monday.
However, if City beat the Clarets and Chelsea on Thursday, Liverpool’s next chance to will come when they travel to their closest challengers on July 2.
Liverpool began a Merseyside derby like no other in the unfamiliar surroundings of a Portakabin in the Goodison Park car park before making their entrance from the opposite end of the ground to their hosts as Everton’s tight tunnel leaves little room for social distancing.
In keeping with all matches since the Premier League’s restart, players and officials took a knee prior to kick-off, but Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was caught unaware as he made a brief dash down the wing before realising and joining his teammates to kneel.
Another consistent feature with the Premier League’s first full weekend of action since March was a slow start as both sides adjusted to the new surroundings of empty stands.
Of the 23 goals scored in 11 games, 18 have come in the second half.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp left Mohamed Salah on the bench for the full 90 minutes due to a minor injury problem.
Without the Egyptian and Andy Robertson’s positive runs from left-back Liverpool lacked their usual dynamism as they struggled to break the hosts down.
Roberto Firmino dragged the best chance of the opening 45 minutes wide, while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long range free-kick was the only shot on target either side managed before the break.
The visitors upped the tempo and their intensity in the second half as Klopp introduced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi in the search for a winner.
But the longer the game went on, it was Everton who looked the more likely side to score on the counter-attack.
Richarlison fired a warning shot as he blazed over after getting in behind.
Calvert-Lewin’s improvised flick then forced Allison into a fine save and Davies’s follow-up effort came back off the post.
Calvert-Lewin then headed just wide from the resulting corner and Allison stood tall to deny Richarlison again as Everton scented a first derby in 22 attempts.
But they had to settle for a point as Liverpool failed to win in the Premier League for only the third time this season.
It was a night to forget for David Luiz as Arsenal returned to Premier League with a limp 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target as Manchester City impressed on their Premier League restart with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal at a wet Etihad Stadium.
It was an unhappy return for former City assistant and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose positive test for coronavirus led to the postponement of this fixture and decisively moved the Premier League towards suspension in March.
Perhaps it was the three-month hiatus that accounted for David Luiz’s forgettable evening, his woeful misjudgement allowing Sterling to score his first goal of 2020 just before the break.
4′ De Bruyne’s free kick stopped by Leno
De Bruyne whips the free-kick around the wall. Leno watches it all the way and palms the ball over the crossbar.
6′ Injured Xhaka replaced by Ceballos
It does not look good for Xhaka. The stretcher is now on the field, so it is fair to say his match – and possibly even his season – is over just seven minutes into the restart.
23′ Injured Mari replaced by Luiz
David Luiz is brought on for Mari with a little over a quarter of the contest played. Arsenal have already lost two players to injury.
34′ CLOSE! Sterling’s shot stopped by Leno
Sterling cuts inside Bellerin and bends a shot towards the bottom-right corner. Leno does well to get down and push the ball behind for a corner – that is as close as City have come today.
35′ SAVE! Leno parries David Silva’s shot
City are definitely growing more and more into this game. Silva gets in behind the Arsenal defence and fires a low shot across goal, which Leno is again equal to. Ceballos is first to the loose ball.
47′ GOAL! Man City 1-0 Arsenal (Sterling)
Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Arsenal (four goals and two assists).
49′ Red Card! Luiz sent off
David Luiz, at fault for City’s first goal, is also showed a red card for that challenge.
51′ Penalty Goal! Man City 2-0 Arsenal (De Bruyne)
De Bruyne sends the penalty towards the bottom-right corner and Leno dives the opposite way. City have a two-goal lead and a one-man advantage.
84′ Injured! Garcia is stretchered off
Garcia may well have been knocked out by Ederson. The physios will take all the time they need to ensure the young defender is safely placed on the stretcher.
91′ GOAL! Man City 3-0 Arsenal (Foden)
Aguero clips the ball over Leno at the end of a counter. The ball hits the post and Foden is first to the rebound, the young midfielder making no mistake with his finish into an unguarded net.
David Silva has confirmed he still plans to leave Manchester City at the end of this season.
The veteran playmaker was expected to call it a day this summer after a decade of service but the disruption to football caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made for an unprecedented end to this campaign.
However, Silva’s comments suggest that he will not be at the club when the 2020/21 season kicks off.
“When I say one thing, I move forward. I am sorry, I have been here ten years and I have fulfilled what I wanted,” he told AS.
“The cycle closes here, but I will always keep this club in mind for everything I have lived. From the first moment people have treated me incredible. Here they have a great respect for you, people give admiration towards you. Now my family and I need another challenge.”
Phil Foden is in line to take over Silva’s role in the squad as his progression continues, while City are still planning to give the club great a fitting send-off when possible.
City are confident David Silva will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season, sources have told ESPN.
Silva was due to leave the Etihad Stadium on June 30 and had held talks with former club Valencia about a return.
However, with games set to continue through the summer to make up for time lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, City have moved to secure the 34-year-old until the end of the campaign.
An official agreement will not be put in place until the plan for completing the season is made a official but sources have told ESPN that Silva is willing to stay, particularly given he still has the chance to win the Champions League — the one major trophy missing from his collection.
FIFA have issued guidance that contracts due to end on June 30 should be extended until the season can be completed but both the club and the player must agree before it can he ratified.
City have 10 Premier League games remaining, plus outstanding fixtures in the FA Cup and Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side are 2-1 up in their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid with the second leg at the Etihad still to play.
Silva has won 11 major honours during 10 years at the club, including four Premier League titles. He has made more than 400 appearances for City since his move from Valencia in 2010.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has released an emotional statement after being photographed breaking lockdown rules.
On Thursday night, The Sun newspaper ran an exclusive titled: “Man City’s Kyle Walker faces cop quiz and £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown THREE times in 24 hours.”
The 29-year-old reportedly visited his sister for a ‘party’, before travelling onwards to his parent’s house and finally cycling with a friend around a second property that he’s renting.
In total, Walker is alleged to have travelled 87 miles and was photographed embracing his sister after the four-hour celebrations.
The news comes just weeks after Walker was forced to apologise for breaking lockdown when he hosted a £2,000 sex party with two call girls at his flat in Hale.
Walker takes to social media However, the latest news prompted Walker to make a stand on his social media channels, explaining the decision to visit his sister as well as criticising the behaviour of those who ‘followed’ him.
“I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough. In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly,” Walker wrote.
” I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.
‘Extremely tough couple of months’ “In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life.
“She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do – push her away?
“I then travelled to my parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again, it’s been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I’ve gone through in my life they have gone through with me.
“What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I am being followed. I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my own home – why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?
‘Family dragged through the press’ “I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing that I do not take it for granted. But at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration?
“My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough?
At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently?
“I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else. Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this.
“It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings.”
Neither Manchester City nor local police have commented on the incident.
David Silva is adored by Manchester City fans for his style, elegance and skill, but it is another trait that stands out for teammate Kevin de Bruyne.
Silva is expected to leave City at the end of this season, bringing an end to a trophy-laden era for the Spaniard at the Etihad, with 13 domestic titles to his name. At international level, the 34-year-old has two European Championships and one World Cup title with Spain.
As City prepare for life without Silva, De Bruyne has joined the growing number of players and pundits heaping praise on the no.21, naming his midfield partner as the best player he has ever played alongside.
“Somebody with the best fundamentals in the game, and has the things that you need, for me is David Silva,” De Bruyne told Bleacher Report.
However, De Bruyne named Silva’s ability to do the basic things simply as his greatest quality, rather than his flair on the ball.
” In every sport you can do the flashy things, but to do the basics so well is amazing,” De Bruyne continued.
“Even in training, he does everything so well, even in training you can’t take the ball off of him, it’s incredible to see because in England they say you need power and speed but you work with your brain and the rest comes.
“He’s won everything as well, trophies here, titles in Spain. I think he’s played 125 times for Spain with Xavi and Andreas Iniesta, if you’re playing that much in that team, it says enough.”
Manchester City fans have sided with the club over their stance on Leroy Sane and don’t want the winger sold to Bayern Munich on the cheap.
The German champions have made no secret of their desire to sign Sane, having conducted an extremely public pursuit over the last year as they sought to replace departed legends Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery.
Star players, such as Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowsi and Joshua Kimmich, as well as high-profile club officials all went on the charm offensive in the media until the point that then-manager Niko Kovac was forced to apologise after he claimed he was ‘confident’ the deal would be completed.
Their actions angered City, whose stance on Sane remains the same as it was last summer – that they would like the player to stay with a new contract offer remaining on the table. However, City accept that it is up to the player and Pep Guardiola does not want to keep stars that would rather be elsewhere.
Speculation regarding the 24-year-old’s future has once again picked up in recent weeks, with reports in Germany on Tuesday stating that Bayern had agreed a five-year deal with the winger, which in turn gave them the confidence to supposedly offer £35m for the player.
While Sane’s contract does expire at the end of next season and an extension is no closer to being signed, £35million is less than what City paid to get the winger from Schalke and nowhere near the valuation they would be willing to accept this summer.
In response to the reported bid, supporters have made it clear that they would rather enjoy Sane for another season and see him leave on a free if Bayern don’t come back with a serious offer.
You can find a selection of their responses below:
City have already got used to playing without Sane, though, as he has been out all season with a serious knee ligament injury, which he suffered just 10 minutes into the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.
He was on the verge of a return to the first-team after making his comeback with the Under-23s at Arsenal in February but the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt on his return to the pitch.
Colombian daily El Universal reports that James Rodríguez will push for a move to Atlético Madrid this summer after being frozen out at the Bernabéu.
James Rodríguez is to force the issue of his bit-part role at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane by slapping in a demand to move to city rivals Atlético this summer, according to reports in Colombia.
James was linked with a move across the capital last year when his loan at Bayern Munich came to an end but the midfielder ended up staying at the Bernabéu, where he has been an infrequent starter under the Frenchman. Now it seems that the 28-year-old is to push for a link-up with Diego Simeone at the Metropolitano in the next transfer window.
Talks between the clubs were at an advanced stage last year but Atlético’s crushing 7-3 victory over Madrid in a friendly in New Jersey led Florentino Pérez to deny the Colombian his exit.
James set for Simeone link-up at Atlético
“James Rodríguez will remain in Madrid and play for Atlético,” ran the headline on the front page of Colombian daily El Universal on Tuesday with the report stating that James is set to ask for a move and Madrid will accept €25m for the midfielder.
Although Jorge Mendes has said his client will not be leaving Madrid, it is unlikely James will accept another season of inactivity under Zidane and prefers a move to Atlético – where he would potentially play alongside international teammate Santiago Arias – in order to remain in the Spanish capital.
Another option for James is to remain at Madrid for another season and leave in 2021 as a free agent. The Colombian has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami while Manchester United are also monitoring his situation.
German kit manufacturers Puma are closing in on a record-breaking £100m deal to sign Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling.
The Premier League star’s present deal with Nike runs out in less than eight weeks (June 30) – and rival brands including Under Armour, Adidas and New Balance have been pursuing Sterling’s signature for more than two years.
If the deal is agreed, Sterling would become Puma’s highest-paid footballer and the face of their global advertising strategy.
The 25-year old has become a hugely sought-after commercial commodity thanks to his performances for club and country – and a series of articulate statements on racism within the game.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a dramatic effect on the finances of all football-associated businesses but it’s thought the Puma deal is similar to the £100m ten-year deal offered by Nike’s subsidiary Air Jordan last year.
If the deal goes through, Sterling could collaborate on the development of a sportswear range with iconic American rapper Jay-Z, who doubles up as Puma’s creative director.
The England winger is no stranger to the Puma brand, which already has a 10-year £650m deal as Man City’s kit suppliers.
City boss Pep Guardiola signed up last summer to their portfolio, which already includes Sterling’s team-mates Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Nike remain hopeful of finding a way to keep Sterling as the top player in their Premier League portfolio, but that scenario is looking increasingly unlikely.
The Manchester City midfielder would be a prized capture for any team, and his most recent comments suggest two years out would be too much.
Kevin de Bruyne has a contract with Manchester City until 2023. On Saturday he spoke with Belgian newspaper HLN (Het Laatste Nieuws) and the 28-year-old midfielder did not flat out deny his departure from the club if the appeal against the two-year Champions League ban does not go well. By leaving the door open for a potential exit, Europe’s elite clubs will all be in the market to sign one of the most talented players around.
De Bruyne leaves everything open “I’m just waiting,” he replied. “The club has told us that they are going to appeal and that they are almost 100% sure that they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my club. Once the statement is made, I’ll review everything.
“Two years would be a long time, in the case of one year I might see. But I’m very happy with City. I play for one of the best teams in the world, I play in England, the most competitive league, and I like it.
“It continues to be a challenge to be the best and I need that too. What will be will be.”
A decision based on Guardiola exiting too? “Not particularly. I think Pep says he will take his year of contract anyway, then his contract ends. But I’m not going to let my decision depend on what Pep is doing.
“Of course I have already worked with other coaches and when Pep leaves, I have to continue working with someone else. But I haven’t really paid much attention to that for the time being. There are more important things at the moment.”
On a Premier League return soon “My gut says that we may be able to train again within two weeks. The government wants to restart football as soon as possible to give people something.
“Everything will be finished without fans, I think. The financial aspect is far too important in the Premier League. If the season is not finished, it will cause serious problems.”
“Everyone will be tested once we start playing again. I don’t think the players are really afraid for themselves, but they are for their family. That is the main problem for many people.”
Aymeric Laporte is eager to conclude Manchester City’s Champions League campaign but has warned that health must come first before the competition restarts.
“I’m missing football a lot – I want to play and train, and I think it’s the first time in my life I have not played for this length of time. Hopefully, soon we’ll be back on the pitch and in the Champions League too,” he told Sky Sports.
“We are waiting for news on what the experts say about that, and this is the most important thing. They are the best at doing this job, and they will try to make the best decision for everyone.”
Laporte limped out of the Real Madrid match and has confirmed that there is no lasting damage after his setback.
“When we return, I’ll be back in good physical condition. Of course, what we are doing is not the same sport,” he said, considering the individual training that is currently being conducted by players all around the Premier League.
“You need more than just running… you need the ball, the feel of the grass and the contact. I don’t have it at home, so hopefully, soon we’ll be back on the pitch.
“It was not a big injury, it was just something light. I needed one or two weeks to rest, so I would have been fine for the second leg. It wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Everything – my hamstring, my knee – is now OK.”
Sergio Aguero says the fact he plays for Manchester City is one reason behind his lack of individual awards throughout his brilliant career.
Aguero is City’s all-time record goalscorer, winning 16 trophies for Atletico Madrid and City. In the Premier League, he has scored at least 20 goals in six of his eight seasons in England. This season, before the campaign was suspended, Aguero was on 16 goals from 22 appearances.
However, despite Aguero’s influence in front of goal that has helped City to domestic dominance, the 31-year-old is always overlooked for the end-of-season individual honours handed out to players.
Incredibly, Aguero has only been named in two PFA teams of the year – something fans are adamant is because he plays for City and his consistent output is taken for granted.
Now, Aguero has commented on the debate, saying that playing for City has counted against him when it comes to the big awards from the PFA trophy to the Ballon d’Or.
Aguero also pointed to his failure to win the Champions League as a contributing factor as he told TyC: “Every player wants to win the Ballon d’Or, but the Champions League has a lot to do with it.
“My best year, last year, we won four titles but we had no luck there.
“I was not nominated even in the first ten and that’s because you need more there. I think I am there, but not because I say so but because of the years I had in City and the numbers.
“As much as you play 85 minutes well, if you do a bad one you stay out.”
Raheem Sterling has paid tribute to his Manchester City teammate David Silva, labelling him the most humble player in football.
The Spaniard’s contract is up at the end of this season and will leave the Premier League champions after 10 years in Manchester.
Asked how much he has learnt from Silva, Sterling paid testament to his teammate’s character, as well as his obvious talents on the pitch.
“One thing I’ve definitely learned from David is to be humble,” Sterling told BBC Radio 5 live.
“He is the most humble football player you will ever meet in your life and the trophies he has behind him to back him up, it just shows you, when you go to the next level and you’re winning all these things, to keep that humility about yourself and carry yourself in a decent way.
“He’s a perfect example of how to be a great professional and a top player, with many, many trophies behind him. If it is his last season (in English football), he’ll be sorely missed because he brings so much to the club and if you want to follow in his example it is always to keep that humility.”
Asked if he is likely to be one of the best players he will ever play alongside, he added: “For sure, most definitely. I’ll have a couple of his shirts on my wall in my house in Jamaica.”
On this day, 126 years ago, Manchester City were officially founded.
City may have entered 2010 having not won the top-flight title since 1968 and without a major trophy since 1976. However, with the benefit of 2020 hindsight, it’s clear to see that all the ingredients were firmly in place for success following the 2008 takeover of the club by the Abu Dhabi United Group.
And what has followed in the ensuing decade between 2010 and the end of 2019 stands as an unqualified success story of the very highest order.
A glorious rollcall of four Premier League titles, four League Cup triumphs and two FA Cup victories bears testament to the sheer scale of City achievements, being the only PL club to complete a domestic quadruple.Happy birthday, Sky Blues!
Paris Saint-Germain made the first move, snatching two very talented guys in Xavi Simons and Kays Ruiz-Atil. Now, Barcelona are ready for revenge by signing Edouard Michut, already dubbed as the “new Verratti” in France. Slim physique and a great technical ability to play close to the defence.
The 17-year-old grew up in the academies of FC Le Chesnay and then FC Versailles, before being discovered by PSG observers at the age of 13. Michut is considered a very complete midfielder from a tactical point of view, being able to play in more than just one role.
Recently, as Calciomercato have learned, there have been scouts from Barcelona to observe the youngster, who is yet to sign a professional agreement with the French side and the current contract expires in 2021. As a result of this, he could leave for almost negligible economic compensation.
This is a situation that Manchester City, Valencia and Juventus are perfectly aware of, rivalling the Catalan side. The Bianconeri have excellent relations with PSG (not forgetting the recent talks for De Sciglio, Kurzawa, Meunier, Dybala and Pjanic) and Michut is on their wish list.
Manchester City ‘are keeping tabs on £6million-rated Ajax wonderkid Sontje Hansen’ who impressed for Holland at last year’s Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.
The 17-year-old forward scored six times at the tournament to claim the Golden Boot, including a last-16 hat-trick against Nigeria, and has also played twice for Ajax’s first team.
According to NobleSports Reliable Source, City have been scouting the teenager and with his Ajax contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, believe they can sign him for around £6m.
His Ajax first-team debut came in December last year in a Dutch Cup fixture against Telstar and Hansen made his Eredivisie debut with 15 minutes off the bench in a 6-1 thrashing of Den Haag four days later.
Hansen has represented Holland at each age group from under-15 to under-18 standard.
He scored three goals in their victorious Under-17 European Championship tournament in the Republic of Ireland last year, including one in a 5-2 group stage win over England in Dublin.
And Hansen excelled at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil last October and November, scoring six goals on Holland’s run to a semi-final exit on penalties to Mexico.
His performances attracted the attention of the Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who sent him a private message of encouragement during the tournament.
Predominantly a centre-forward who can also play in the wide attacking areas, Hansen features plenty of attributes that would appeal to Pep Guardiola.
But City could face competition from Italian trio Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus, plus German club RB Leipzig, who are also monitoring him
Bernardo Silva says he wants to return to Benfica because he did not get the chance to break into the first-team during his time at the club.
The Manchester City winger joined the Portuguese giants’ youth system at the age of seven and rose through the youth academy to reach the senior team when he was 19.
The Portugal international made just three appearances for Benfica in 2013-14, but did not play more than 15 minutes in any and featured just once in the Primeira Liga.
Silva was then loaned to Monaco and joined them on a permanent deal before City snapped him up in 2017.
He has gone on to excel for Pep Guardiola’s team, but the 25-year-old has been open about his desire to return to Benfica at some point in his career.
Silva says he feels he has unfinished business at his boyhood team, but believes his return is years away.
“I don’t know how to answer that,” Silva told Bleacher Report when asked when he would like to return to Portugal. “What I can tell you is not in one, two, three or four years, for sure, because I am in a great club.
“I am enjoying my career a lot, I don’t want to go back now but I don’t want to go when I’m too old. I want to go help my team when I am in a good physical condition. I don’t know the exact age – not too old but not now.
“I’ll explain a bit more why I want to do that. I’m a Benfica fan, I used to go to all the games with my dad so my dream was always to play for Benfica and when I was 19 and playing for the second team I didn’t have the opportunity to play for the first team because the manager didn’t want me there or think I was able to play for the first team.
“It was a huge disappointment for me to have to leave, go to Monaco to have a good career. Because I’ve never played for my team, I have this gap in my heart and I need to fill it. Not now, obviously, but if they want me there I definitely want to go back to Benfica one day.”