Metro: City chasing Valencia defender
- 27 September 2013 08:52
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Pretend it’s January this Friday morning and have another dose of early transfer news.
Manuel Pellegrini is familiar with the 27-year-old’s abilities from his time in Spain, and is now said to be keen to bring the France international to Manchester.
Jamie Sanderson writes: “Rami is widely considered to be one of the best centre backs in European football, having established himself with the La Liga side after joining from Lille.
“But a switch away is now all but certain after the 27-year-old fell out with Valencia boss Djukic this week, branding him ‘two faced’ in the media.
“Arsenal and Barcelona will add competition for his signature, but Pellegrini knows all about Rami from his time in Spain, and believes City could be the front runners.”
Remember, when the window does open, we’ll be the first with any confirmed deals on mcfc.co.uk.
Back to September now, and EDS forward Marcos Lopes was rewarded for his good form with a starting berth against Wigan on Tuesday night, and the Portuguese youngster told the Manchester Evening News the playing style under Patrick Vieira has made it easier for him to adapt.
The paper quotes him as saying: “It’s pretty much the same style in the EDS so it’s easier for young players when they go to the first team. Patrick is a very good coach and a very good person, and we know what he was in terms of being a football player. Having someone like him in charge is good for young players.”
He adds: “The other lads look at me sometimes and wonder why I am doing too much, but that’s just me. I want to work hard, so I become a good player.
“I have a target to be a professional player so I know I have to work hard, to do extra and do as many training sessions as possible. It is good for me.”
It’s not long to wait for your next City fix, with the Blues due to visit Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Lambert’s men will be without prolific striker Christian Benteke, who has been ruled out with injury, but Villa winger Leandro Bacuna is confident others can find the net in his absence.
He told the Daily Express: “It is a blow for the team but we have other strikers.
“The team are not relying on Benteke. The other strikers will do well.
“We will miss him, but we will just keep going.”
I’m sure the City defenders have other ideas!
We’ll have all the build-up to the clash right here on mcfc.co.uk.