Wayne's world of rumours
- Wed 21 Dec 2011, 10:50AM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
On a day where relegation battles in Lancashire and controversies in Merseyside dominate the headlines, there’s still always room for speculation and satire about our beloved blues, with a certain Wayne Bridge leading the way today.
With the transfer window looming on the horizon the rumour-mill is already in overdrive, with many journalists keen to take a punt on who may be leaving the Etihad and who may be joining in the Olympic New Year.
The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden has indeed painted the picture that Roberto Mancini is keen for Bridgey to move on for the sake of his career, with a plethora of encouraging words of wisdom for the 31-year-old, “Wayne is a good guy, but for every player it should be important to play. Wayne has had two or three chances [to go somewhere] and in the summer, he had the chance to play for Celtic and this is an important team.
“When we are here, he trains with us and sometimes he trains with the young players. It’s for this reason he should want to play. To stay here, I don’t think that’s easy.
“For a player, it should be important to play football,” Mancini said. “I don’t know why someone would want to stay at one club when they know they cannot play.” Make of that what you will, but it only goes to stoke the transfer rumour fires even more.
Well, at least it makes a change from the Italian being forever linked with bringing Wenger’s star striker in (we’ll save that for tomorrow eh tabloids?)
The Mail suggests that City may be lining up a bid for Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, reporting that our very own Patrick Vieira has been doing a spot of scouting in his homeland and is apparently keen to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.
Always keen to sign young talent, the Mirror suggests that Mancini is interested in acquiring the services of Real Madrid’s youth-team captain, 15-year-old Jose Angel Pozo. If the rumours are to be believed, he’s another recommendation from City’s seemingly chief-scout-come-football-executive Vieira and will allegedly be offered a ‘£1million-plus-per-year-deal to join the Premier League’s current leaders after his 16th birthday in March’. Sweet sixteen indeed!
The Telegraph is full of the joys of New Year resolutions, namely Mancini’s ‘good behaviour’ target for the headline-grabbing Mario Balotelli. Indeed the Blues’ boss didn’t mince his words and the quotes don’t lie, "I hope the New Year can bring a different way for him and that he can understand if he wants to play well and have a good private life, he should have good behaviour always, not for one week yes and then change for two days."
To think there is a game against Stoke tonight in East Manchester and barely a mention of it in any of the papers- they just like to hypothesize, those journalists!