Silva's reveals Black Cats anger
- Sat 29 Dec 2012, 9:01AM
- Posted by David Clayton
David Silva takes pride of place among this morning’s headline-makers after revealing the frustration he and his team-mates are feeling following the loss on Boxing Day.
The Blues’ Spanish talisman is the lead story in The Sun where he is quoted at length ahead of today’s clash with Norwich.
Reports Geoff Sweet: “The defending champions face a tricky date at Norwich today fully aware they are on the ropes and in danger of imploding still father.
“But midfield genius Silva insists they must get over the pain and heartache of the 1-0 loss at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day and quickly put their house in order.
“The 26-year-old said: ‘The defeat in Sunderland was a hard blow for us. Nobody believed we would lose. As a team we have a huge desire to repeat our title success.
‘But as we know that the Premier League is very open and if you give away chances you can be beaten. Even so, there was a lot of anger in the dressing room — and not only from the coach.
‘Those three points were so important because in our situation they could make the difference between us winning and losing the title. And really, if we do not win at places like Sunderland, it is nearly impossible to fight for the success in this league.’”
Meanwhile, the Blues continue to be linked with Barca striker David Villa, with Goal.com suggesting the proposed transfer of a former Academy graduate will boost City’s transfer budget in January.
They report: “Manchester City are considering a loan bid for Barcelona forward David Villa next month once they receive a windfall payment from Chelsea for Daniel Sturridge's move to Liverpool.
“The Premier League champions are due to receive 15 per cent of the fee Chelsea get from selling Sturridge, which will be in the region of £2.5 million.
“City have already been paid £5m from Chelsea through a tribunal case when Sturridge left for Stamford Bridge in July 2009, while the west London club also parted with another £1m when the 23-year-old gained his first England cap in November 2011.”
A somewhat tenuous link!
We’ll end our round-up with a snippet in The Times regarding popular defender Joleon Lescott and the continuing speculation that he will move on next month.
Gary Jacob reports: “Joleon Lescott’s days with Manchester City appear to be coming to an end after the defender was deemed surplus to requirements.
“Lescott has fallen to fourth place in Roberto Mancini’s pecking order and the Barclays Premier League champions hope to recoup in the region of £8 million of the £24 million they spent to sign him from Everton about three years ago. The England defender has 18 months left on his contract.”