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AS: City one of three clubs interested in Xabi Alonso

  • 23 December 2013 08:30
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

One had to scratch around for news stories concerning City this morning.

Most papers have continued to reflect on the win over Fulham on Saturday, but we’re always keen to look forward rather than back here in our daily media round-up.

On that note, City have been linked with a move for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is out of contract at Real Madrid this summer.

Spanish newspaper AS believes that the Etihad Stadium is one possible destination for the veteran who is free to negotiate with clubs from January.

“Right now there are three clubs interested in signing Alonso: Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus,” the story reads.

“Xabi knows the Premier League well after his five years in Liverpool and a move to Italy would be a new adventure for him."


“Ancelotti and his own colleagues have said they would like him to stay: ‘It would be the best Christmas gift possible,’ admitted the Italian coach.”

Another of the more eye-catching stories out there this morning links City with four-time Balon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi once more.

Messi’s former teammate Yaya Toure has jokingly urged the diminutive Argentine to join him in Manchester in an interview on French TV - as reported in today's Manchester Evening News.

"If it's to come to Manchester City, I hope Messi can leave Barca,” Toure smiled.

Remember, any confirmed transfer stories will be revealed first here on mcfc.co.uk

Meanwhile, James Milner has called upon the team to become more boring in order to win the Premier League title.

“When you are 2-0 up you like to see out the job and we did that in the end, but it would have been a big blow if we hadn’t won, going into Christmas with a lot of big games coming up,” Milner said.

“It would have made Christmas dinner taste worse for the fans, so it was good to get the win before two games in quick succession. We now have the momentum to go into those games and hopefully get six points.”

...James Milner...

Finally, don’t miss the video that everyone is talking about – Aleksandar Kolarov’s menacing take on Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

101Goals.com features the CityTV video on their blog, calling it “wonderful”.

‘Tis the season, and all…

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