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Rio Ferdinand wants Grealish to join rivals Manchester City

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Rio Ferdinand wants Grealish to join rivals Manchester City
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Jack Grealish reportedly wants to move to Manchester City.

Rio Ferdinand believes Grealish would improve any team in the Premier League which he wishes to join.

He scored ten goals and bagged ten assists in 26 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa.

“I would love him to join Manchester United, obviously. But I just feel that the position that he plays is stacked,” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.

“Bruno [Fernandes] in a ten, [Marcus] Rashford’s on the left, [Anthony] Martial is there, [Paul] Pogba is there. It kind of rules Manchester United out unless they say, ‘no, we’re going to shift a player or two to get him’. That’s the big decision they have to make.

“There aren’t many breathtaking footballers around anymore who produce breathtaking moments and make you go, ‘wow that was crazy’. Jack Grealish does that. He’s just a phenomenal player.

“If he’s going to go anywhere, I think it will be Man City. He would add to that team.

“Jack Grealish is driven, he’s been loyal, the fact he stayed at Villa last season is enough for them to clap him out of the stadium. He’s paid his dues and done great things, helped get them up and kept them in the Premier League.”

 

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Ralph Hasenhuttl gives an update on Danny Ings’ future amid City links

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Ralph Hasenhuttl gives an update on Danny Ings' future amid City links
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Danny Ings won’t be sold this summer confirms boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Southampton striker has just 12 months left on his contract and has attracted interest from clubs like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Hasenhuttl confirmed that it will be a major risk to let go of their prized asset for free next summer.

“He’s our player for another year, we paid a lot of money for him,” the Austrian manager told BBC Radio Solent.

“When we brought him here, we invested a lot to get him to the highest level and how he is at the moment.

“We stuck with him with all these injuries he had, gave him the time to recover, gave him the time to perform.

He continued: “There’s no reason to sell him, but it’s always a risk for the player when you go into your final year without a contract.

“That’s why it’s never good for anybody, not for us, not for him because you never know what can happen in football – injuries can happen, which nobody wants.”

“People on our team are telling him what to do, we have our opinions about what we want him to do.

“He’s our player and we’d love him to be here, but one thing is also clear – when he is not extending his contract, that it is not a perfect situation for him, it’s not a perfect situation for us.”

 

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Riyad Mahrez has no intention to leave Man City

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Riyad Mahrez has no intention to leave Man City
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Riyad Mahrez confirms his desire to stay at Man City.

The Algerian winger has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates.

Earlier it was reported that he would leave Etihad as Pep Guardiola is eyeing for a squad revamp.

The 30-year old was one of the key players under Guardiola last season and the club will probably offer him a new contract which is to expire in 2023.

He spent most of the summer on a holiday and can be the driving force behind City’s start to the season.

Mahrez said in an interview with YouTube channel Oui Hustle: “What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City].

“To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.

“When you see [Pep] Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [it is great].”

 

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Riyad Mahrez Shuts Down Rumours Of Leaving Manchester City

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Riyad Mahrez Shuts Down Rumours Of Leaving Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez shut out rumours of him moving to Arsenal.

Earlier reports indicated that the Algerian was unhappy at the Etihad Stadium due to a lack of regular involvement.

Mahrez was a key player in Manchester City’s title triumph under Pep Guardiola and also the Champions League final visit. At 30, he seems to hitting his prime again, having adapted to Guardiola’s demands at City.

Previously, he drew links to Arsenal and other European outfits with talks of a potential exit. However, he still has two years left on his contract after signing from Leicester City in 2018.

Mahrez told Oui Hustle: “What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City ].

“To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.

“When you see Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [is great].”

Mahrez will not play every single game for City. Heavy rotations are expected for every player in that City squad. But Mahrez can expect to be a key contributor in this new regime.

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Raheem Sterling’s Scout Recalls Just How Special He Was

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Raheem Sterling's Scout Recalls Just How Special He Was

Former Liverpool scout Mark Anderson recalls scouting Raheem Sterling.

Now, one of Manchester City’s star forwards, Sterling enjoyed a early breakthrough in his career at Liverpool.

“I went over to Queens Park Rangers to watch him and this kid had flair, ability, he had great technical and tactical skills, and awareness. He was playing two years above his age group,” Anderson told Sussex Live.

“I had not seen anything like his quality for many years. I always say to people that you have three feelings; it is either your brain, your heart or your gut, but I always stuck with my gut feeling and that is what I did.

“I recommended him to Liverpool straight away and it took us quite a few months to get him over the line. It was all kept under wraps.

“The next thing I knew he was up in Liverpool having his medical and we signed him. I think we paid £450,000 at the time for him and then he went onto be a multi-million-pound player.”

Sterling put on a solid display for England in the 2020 Euros. He endured a poor season for City however, and will be looking to amend that in 2021/22.

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Ferran Torres talks about Griezmann and Messi amid Man City links

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Ferran Torres talks about Griezmann and Messi amid Man City links
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Ferran Torres on the possibility of Barcelona superstars joining Etihad this summer.

The Catalan giants need to offload a number of players from their squad to cut down their wage bills to stay within La Liga’s salary cap limit.

Antoine Griezmann who has been at Camp Nou for nearly two seasons is facing an uncertain future at the La Liga club.

Ferran Torres was quizzed on the possibility of Griezmann or Messi joining Etihad with the former could more likely join the Premier League champions.

“We know the magnitude that Griezmann has, the type of player he is. Obviously he is at Barça, he has a contract at Barça and we’ll see what can happen. City are one of the best teams in the world and they are willing to have the best players to be able to win it all. If he comes, fine and if not, we are going to continue working,” Torres said.

“We know that Messi is one of the best in history, not to mention the best, I think he will continue at Barça but if he decides to go out, let him decide what is best for him and his family.”

 

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Jose Mourinho names Kyle Walker as England’s best player in Euros

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Jose Mourinho names Kyle Walker as England's best player in Euros
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Kyle Walker should have been picked Euro Player of the Tournament.

Jose Mourinho believes Walker’s performance for England in the Euros has been phenomenal.

He praised the 31-year old defender’s defensive work but that was not enough for England to beat Italy and win Euro 2020.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was named the player of the tournament because of his heroic saves in the penalties.

But keeping his heroics aside, Walker was the player who impressed Mourinho the most.

“My player of the tournament was Kyle Walker,” Mourinho said.

“I think Kyle Walker was phenomenal. From the first minute of the competition until the moment he came off in the final he was phenomenal.

“He was giving cover to centre-backs on the opposite side. I don’t remember him losing one single duel. He didn’t go forward as much as he does in the club because of a strategy point of view.

“When I call a player an animal it is the best compliment I can do to a player. Kyle Walker – an absolute animal. For me, phenomenal. From the first to the last minute he was in that element.”

 

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Phil Foden Could Miss Euro Final

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Phil Foden Could Miss Euro Final

Phil Fodenis in danger of missing England’s final against Italy.

Unfortunately, the Manchester City midfielder picked up a foot injury in training which he might not be able to recover from in time.

Foden’s chances were already frail after Bukayo Saka’s efficient displays down the right flank. Jadon Sancho has started just once in the Euros, in the 4-0 win over Ukraine. Foden otherwise started off well but had to miss games due to COVID-19 complications.

This could be a huge blow for England because as much talent as Gareth Southgate already has, Foden brings something very different to the table. Having his skills at your disposal at any point of the game is very important.

Italy are a technically strong team who will be hard to break down without the tact and poise of players like Foden. But luckily for England, they do have that in plenty.

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John Stones predicts Sterling to be player of the Euro 2020

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John Stones predicts Sterling to be player of the Euro 2020
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Raheem Sterling should be named player of the tournament.

The England international is the favourite to be named player of the tournament and scored three goals in England’s march to the final of the Euro 2020.

His club teammate John Stones has lauded the winger’s performances and recognised his work for the team.

“I’m a big fan of Raheem’s and I’d love to see him get player of the tournament. What he’s done for us and the unselfish part of his game goes unspoken about but as players we see it,” Stones said during a press conference.

“He’s been a great threat going forward with how direct he’s been. It’s been great playing with him and he’ll be giving everything on Sunday, hopefully get another goal and see where it takes us.”

“I couldn’t be happier for him, he’s gone through some difficult times personally. You can see it’s motivated him and he’s come out the other end a better player,” he added.

“That’s what top players do, they find a way when things aren’t going well to excel as a person and as a player, he really deserves this.”

 

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Lionel Messi’s transfer to City would be ‘financial doping’

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Lionel Messi's transfer to City would be 'financial doping'
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Lionel Messi won’t join Manchester City this summer.

La Liga president Javier Tebas believes Messi joining Man City will be ‘financial doping’ in football.

The Barca legend is a free agent and is currently in talks for a new deal with the Catalan giants.

Tebas has called out City earlier as he was a big supporter of UEFA’s decision to charge the club for ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations.

“He won’t be able to sign on the previous conditions, that’s impossible,” Tebas said.

“But I don’t think any European club would be able to pay that amount.

“City have lost €270m [during the pandemic] so obviously they wouldn’t even consider signing Messi [on his previous salary]. PSG have had losses, too, so they can’t even consider signing Messi [for that much].”

He continued: “If they do, it will be financial doping. It would be incredible if it happened. We need to establish limits. Financial doping is damaging football.

“It’s not real money because it’s not generated by the clubs. Money not from football causes bad inflation and ruins football because clubs must put in all this effort [to compete], which takes them above their financial capacity.

“We have to fight against this. This is one of the pending issues in European football. If it’s not solved, the game will find itself in a very complicated situation.”

 

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