Mario back in the headlines
- 05 May 2013 09:11
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
We wake this morning to Mario Balotelli dominating the headlines once more.
The Italian striker has backed his ex-City teammates to win the FA Cup against Wigan, and then go on to lift next season’s Premier League trophy.
“Roberto will do everything he needs this summer and Manchester City will win back the title next season,” Balotelli told the Daily Mirror.
“City will sign two or three of the best players in the world — and we will not see a repeat of this season. The FA Cup final has become a very big game for Manchester City, even though it was not the trophy we were all talking about in the dressing room at the start of season.”
Balotelli has sounded a note of caution to anyone who believes that Wigan will not provide a challenge to City’s trophy credentials, but insists that the Blues will be professional and turn on a winning performance in North London.
He added: “I am still a Manchester City fan, though — the club will always be in my heart.
“I might not be playing in the final this time, but I will be watching my friends as a fan.”
You can read the full interview here, as well as enjoying all our build up to next weekend’s clash at Wembley here.
Elsewhere, there is plenty of transfer news to pick through, starting with a reported exit for Serbian left back Aleks Kolarov.
The 27–year-old has struggled to dislodge Gael Clichy from the back line this term, and the Daily Mail have linked him with a move back to Italy in the summer.
Joe Bernstein writes: “Dubbed the ‘Serbian Roberto Carlos’ earlier in his career, Kolarov was signed by Mancini from Lazio for £18million in the summer of 2010.
“However, the 27-year-old was an unused substitute when City won the Premier League title against QPR last season and has been a bit-part player this season.
“Kolarov is believed to prefer a move back to Italy, where members of his and his wife’s family live, but the main stumbling block for Serie A clubs would be his wages, believed to be around £100,000 a week.”
However, there will be a replacement in the form of Swansea’s Ben Davies – according to the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old played 90 minutes against the Blues yesterday as part of a back line that kept a clean sheet against the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Edin Dzeko – you can read the official match report here.
Now, it’s reported that City will go shopping in Swansea once more, after signing Scott Sinclair from the Welsh side last summer.
“An injury to Neil Taylor gave Davies his big chance and he has grasped it with both hands for both club and country, having taken Taylor’s place in the Wales team too,” notes Matt Law.
“City are listening to offers for Aleksandar Kolarov and will now try to sign a young British player to compete with left back Gael Clichy.”
Remember, we’ll be the first with any confirmed transfers this summer on mcfc.co.uk!