Guardian: Melbourne City receive huge boost
- 05 June 2014 07:37
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
We’re just one week away from the first ball being kicked at this summer’s World Cup as pre-tournament preparations continue the world over.
Two Brazil bound City players were involved in friendly action for their respective countries last night as Martin Demichelis started for Argentina who hosted Trinidad and Tobago, while James Milner played the full 90 minutes as England took on Ecuador in Miami.
Demichelis was forced to leave the pitch at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti after 46 minutes when he picked up a knock on his ankle, but according to website soccerly.com, the injury doesn’t look too sinister.
“Argentina prevailed 3-0 against Trinidad and Tobago in a match that was more like a 90-minute practice session than a tough World Cup quality test,” the website reports.
“The real opponent might just have been the injury bug, since Rodrigo Palacio left the match with a left ankle sprain and Martín Demichelis injured his right ankle. However, in Demichelis’ case the gravity of the situation doesn’t seem to be as severe as in Palacio’s case.”
Elsewhere this morning, there’s been plenty of reaction overnight to news emanating from Melbourne that David Villa will play in the A League before beginning his career at New York City FC.
For those of you who missed it, the news was announced overnight (UK time), as the club also revealed it will now be known as Melbourne City.
“The newly rebranded Melbourne City have receieved a huge boost, with the confirmation that Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, David Villa, will join them during the 2014-15 A-League season,” writes The Guardian’s Tom Lutz.
“Villa recently signed for Melbourne’s sister club, New York City FC, in the MLS. Both clubs are owned by Manchester City, and Villa will play for Melbourne during October and November to maintain match fitness before the start of the MLS season.
“Villa is the A-League’s highest-profile signing since Alessandro Del Piero. However, while Del Piero was in his late 30s when he joined Sydney FC, Villa is still close to his best at the age of 32.”
“Sam Allardyce is already looking towards the future and has targeted the City keeper, who won the Premier League title last term,” claims the Daily Mail’s John Drayton.
The Romanian's performances were enough to oust Joe Hart from the City starting XI during the campaign for a spell, and he featured 18 times during the season.
“But the 27-year-old's contract expired after the end of the campaign and the Premier League champions failed to agree a deal with the keeper who is now a free agent.”
Meanwhile, the same source reports that the list of possible suitors for Joloeon Lescott continues to grow, with Al Ain and MLS side Portland Timbers both reportedly interested in the defender.
“Free agent Joleon Lescott has interest from Schalke and Al Ain as well as Portland Timbers of the MLS. The 31-year-old centre-back has interest from Aston Villa and West Ham too,” writes Simon Jones.
“Lescott tweeted about his future last week saying: 'Still undecided about my future but questions over my hunger for next season disappoint me I will never represent a team and give less than 100percent.'”
That's all for today, but remember we will be first to bring you any news of movements in or out of the club this summer!