Sport Witness: City ‘interested’ in Stade Rennais youngster
- 13 February 2016 07:56
- Posted by @MPHenson
Rumours about French youth international, Joe Hart on Sergio Aguero and Mauricio Pochettino feature in today’s round-up…
It wouldn’t be a ‘What the media says’ article without a transfer rumour so we start with Sport Witness reporting that City are interested in Stade Rennais’ Ousmane Dembele.
The 18-year old has been attracting attention from Europe’s big clubs and the article states that City will face competition from Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.
Tom Coast writes: “Most recently scoring the equaliser against Lille at the weekend, the 18-year-old has attracted a lot of attention with his performances, and Le10 Sport have a list of all those interested.
“In their monthly magazine edition, the French media outlet claim that both Manchester City and Manchester United are very interested, with both clubs sending scouts to watch him on a regular basis, most recently during Rennes’ 2-2 draw against Lorient.
“Enquiring about the player’s availability, both Manchester clubs were told a rather staggering price of €30m as the minimum price Rennes would be prepared to let him go, which might put them off for now.
“However, they aren’t the only ones interested as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been keeping an eye on Dembélé.”
The England international states that City’s number 10 has played a big part in his career and the success in it, as well as praising his range of skills to bamboozle defenders.
The 28-year old is quoted as saying: “He’s definitely up there [with the best in the world], he’s got all the capabilities of the top strikers. There’s definitely an elite group of Ronaldo and Messi, but Kun is an amazing player.
“He’s been a big part of my career, and the success in it. I’m lucky to have him in my team.
“He’s just got that killer instinct – he does what’s required for him to get a shot off.
“He doesn’t do the same thing all the time; he feels for defenders and just has a natural knack of scoring goals with a lot of quality.”
And finally, in an article on the Irish Examiner, Mauricio Pochettino says that Sunday’s clash will not be decisive in the title race.
Tom Allnutt scribes: “Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham’s crunch clash at Manchester City tomorrow will be important to the title race but not decisive.
“Spurs head to Manchester knowing victory would pull them four points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the race at the top of the Premier League.
“It could prove a pivotal weekend overall too, with third-placed Arsenal, level with Tottenham on goal difference, hosting surprise leaders Leicester earlier in the day.
“’To arrive at the end in the position we are and to improve our position you need to win games. But it’s not decisive,’ Pochettino said. ‘It’s very important but it’s not the last game. I do think it is a very important game.
“’They know and we know we are in a position where there are 13 games ahead, but after the next game it is 12 and we are going into the more important period in the league.’
“Tottenham will take confidence from their 4-1 thrashing of City at White Hart Lane in September but they have struggled at the Etihad Stadium in recent meetings.
“Their last two trips have resulted in 4-1 and 6-0 defeats and Spurs have not won at the home of the Blues since May 2010, when Peter Crouch’s header fired Harry Redknapp’s team into the Champions League.
“Pochettino, however, believes his team can handle the big occasion. ‘We have a good balance,’ he said.
“’Sometimes there is a wrong perception. We only speak about the youngsters but we have a lot of experienced players — Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Michel Vorm — players that have experience in the Premier League.
“’We have younger players as well but we don’t just have energy from the young players. We have a good mix and we need to give the credit to the senior players too.’”