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MEN: Silva return key to Toffees triumph

  • 06 October 2013 08:48
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It’s always a pleasure to pen the media round-up the morning after an impressive win for the Sky Blues.

After a disappointing week which saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men lose games to Aston Villa and Bayern Munich, the headlines make for happier reading after Saturday lunchtime’s 3-1 win over Everton.

David Silva made his first start since August and took centre stage for City – a fact not lost on the Manchester Evening News in their “Five Things We Learned” piece.

“For all the money City spent this summer, David Silva remains the Blues' key player,” Paul Handler argued.

“His feline midfield play is just that level above most opponents, darting here and there, seeing passes where defences see none, angling little balls here and there.

“The subtlety in his play a joy to behold at times.”

Handler also asserted that Joe Hart’s performance should restore confidence in the goalkeeper for club and country.

“It must have been a nervy afternoon for the England number one but the crowd backed him strongly and he didn't disappoint,” he wrote.

“There have been a few mutterings about Lukaku's goal but to blame the keeper would be extremely harsh."

...Manchester Evening News on Hart...

“Elsewhere he was tidy and alert under what must have been uncomfortable pressure. Like Pellegrini said, trusting Hart is key now.”


Meanwhile, yesterday’s pronouncements from Sergio Aguero that he never thinks about a move away from the club don’t stop the Guardian from speculating on a future for the Argentine striker away from the Etihad Stadium in this morning’s paper.

“Real Madrid are considering a January bid for Sergio Agüero after the Manchester City striker was identified as the Spanish club's prime target at the start of the summer, ahead of Gareth Bale, who was bought for a world record £85.3m,” Jamie Jackson reports.

“Madrid made an inquiry about Agüero – who scored in Saturday's 3-1 win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium – and were told he would not be sold. They had also wanted to sign Neymar, who was then at Santos, and Radamel Falcao, who began the summer at Atlético Madrid, ahead of Bale.

“While Real may firm up their interest for Agüero in the January transfer window with an offer expected to be markedly more than the £38m he cost the club two years ago, in an interview with the Guardian on Saturday Agüero reiterated his loyalty to City."

...Jamie Jackson on Aguero...

"I'm very happy at City, very happy since the day I came," he said. "I knew that the project was good and in my head there is nothing else but Manchester City, so how long I'm going to be at City is just never a question.”

Sergio only signed a new deal with the club in May, but rest assured, all confirmed transfer news in the January window will be reported here on mcfc.co.uk first when the deals are done.

Finally, there’s a small story in the Sunday people linking the Sky Blues with an Ajax teenager.

“Manchester City are going Dutch, with teenage winger Javairo Dilrosun heading their way from Ajax,” the story reads.

“City will have to pay compensation of around £500,000 for the 15-year-old.”

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