Irish Times: Nasri set to sign new deal
- 07 June 2014 08:07
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
World Cup hosts Brazil have completed their final warm up game ahead of this summer’s tournament, which kicks off in just five days!
Our very own Fernandinho was in action last night when The Selecao hosted Aleks Kolarov’s Serbia in Sao Paulo and according to the Manchester Evening News, this is a sure sign he is very much in Luis Felipe Scolari’s plans.
“The Blues midfielder was rewarded for his performances at the Etihad this season with a call-up to Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad after some time out of favour,” writes Simon Bajkowski.
“And his appearance in their friendly game on Friday against Serbia suggests Fernandinho is set for some game time in Brazil.
“It was a strong lineup picked by Scolari and while Fernandinho started on the bench, he replaced Paulinho in the 65th minute.
“Brazil won 1-0, with a second-half goal from Fred earning the South American side the victory.”
Meanwhile, City skipper Vincent Kompany sees no reason why ‘dark horses’ Belgium can’t go all the way in Brazil.
“A nation that failed to qualify for the last five major international tournaments - two World Cups and three European Championships - has risen rapidly to the fore,” reports Sky Sports.
“Belgium head to Brazil this summer considered by many to be serious contenders for the crown.
Kompany is aware that delivering on that expectation will not be easy, but a man who has enjoyed considerable success at domestic level with Manchester City feels anything is possible.
Moving away from the World Cup and while he may not be part of the France squad, the Irish times claims that Samir Nasri is prepared to commit his long term future to Manchester City.
“Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko, and Aleksandar Kolarov will follow suit by signing contract extensions after the World Cup,” writes Jamie Jackson.
“While City would also like James Milner to agree fresh terms the midfielder is reluctant to do so as he wants to leave to play more regular first-team football.
“As Nasri is not in Didier Deschamps’s France squad for the World Cup, he is expected to be the first to commit himself to City, following the 26-year-old’s fine season in the club’s title win.”
That would certainly keep us happy, Samir.
Finally this Saturday morning,the Daily Mail believes Burnley are in the hunt for young Blues star Emyr Huws.
“The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Birmingham last season and Premier League scouts were in attendance to watch him during Wales' defeat to Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday,” reports Simon Jones.
“City will allow Huws to join another Premier League side on loan to gain experience and former club Swansea are also keen.”
Well, that’s your lot until tomorrow, but remember we at mcfc.co.uk be first to confirm any rumours doing the rounds this summer!