Sun: Nigerian starlet to join City in January?
- 27 November 2013 08:53
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
City might be preparing for Match Day Five of the UEFA Champions League but that doesn’t mean there’s a break in the transfer gossip this morning.
Star of the FIFA under-17 World Cup, Kelechi Ihenacho has been linked with top clubs all over Europe in the African media over the last few weeks.
However, according to the player’s father, he has turned down Chelsea, Manchester United and Porto and has chosen City as his destination of choice.
The Nigerian Tribute reports: “Iheanacho had been linked with a possible move to Porto FC of Portugal, but when his father was asked yesterday on Monday Night Football, he said his son would play for Manchester City and not Porto or Chelsea, which he (the father) was believed to have initially favoured.
“James Iheanacho said on a Nigerian TV show: ‘As I am talking to you, I have chosen in my mind [that] Kelechi is going to Manchester City.’”
Of course mcfc.co.uk is your first port of call for confirmed transfer stories when the January transfer window opens in a month’s time.
There are some column inches on the back pages dedicated to tonight’s game against Viktoria Plzen out there.
Quotes from the pre-match press conference featuring Manuel Pellegrini and Samir Nasri are in many publications – with the French midfielder coming in for a lot of praise for his remarkable improvement in 2013/14.
Nasri admitted that he wasn’t in a good place mentally last season at the press conference but revealed that he is enjoying his football this campaign.
"I wasn’t feeling myself. It was a tough season,” Nasri revealed.
“After the Euro Championships and a beef with the French journalists, for months I refused to speak to anybody and had a lot of bad press in France and I wasn’t involved in the national team.
“It was a little difficult. In my head, I wasn’t the same. I didn’t play well for City and lost my spot in the squad and, at the end of the year, you look at your season and you realise, ‘I was not myself’.
"So I talked to the people I love and I decided to smile and be happy and do what I do best – playing football, and that is it."
“As a player, as a person, I grew up a lot. I know my mistakes now, and I know what to do to make it right.”
Elsewhere, Plzen boss Pavel Vrba has conceded that it will be tough to stop free-scoring City tonight.
"In my opinion there are 10 top teams in Europe that are not getting to be beaten. They haven't got any competition - and two of them are Bayern Munich and City," he said.
"We were unfortunate to draw them in the group stages and have done well to qualify into the group stages, we have been there twice and have been in the Europa League once.”
We’ll have full text and audio coverage of tonight’s game in the Match Day Centre here on mcfc.co.uk this evening.