MEN: Kompany's delight at new arrivals
- 23 July 2013 08:54
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
City spent much of yesterday in transit to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that paper talk is rather thin on the ground.
Aside from the Micah Richards quotes we brought you on the site last night, there’s very little City-centric headlines to get one’s teeth into this morning.
Scrape a little further beneath the very back pages, however, and there’s a few bits and pieces.
We begin with Vincent Kompany’s verdict on City’s transfer business so far this summer.
The City and Belgium captain considers himself well placed to lift the Premier League title for a second time in May after seeing Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo join the club this summer.
"There was a bit of a gap between us and the champions last season and we are doing everything to bridge that,” Kompany said.
“It will be a good season and I am sure the other teams will be competitive. It’s good to have these new players coming.
"We will do everything we can to make them feel at home and give them a warm welcome. They are important players for us this season.
“We needed strengthening and we have done that. We are a team that can look forward and say that we can compete on every front."
Elsewhere, the Daily Star runs with a story linking Scott Sinclair with a move to Roberto Martinez’s new-look Everton.
“Manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to convince the former Chelsea winger to join him at Goodison Park,” writes Nick Lustig.
“The Spaniard has already raided former club Wigan for trio Antolin Alcaraz, Arouna Kone and Joel Robles to add to the signing of on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu.”
Remember, the only place to read fully confirmed transfer stories this summer is here on mcfc.co.uk.
It was ever thus!
Finally, City’s 19-year old midfielder Emyr Huws has been speaking to the Manchester Evening News on his hopes ahead of the new season.
The Welsh youth international caught the eye in City’s 2-0 defeat to SuperSport United and is in contention for a place in the XI for the Barclays Asia Trophy match against South China.
He told Manchester Evening News journalist Stuart Brennan how much he’s enjoying his experience with the first-team this summer.
"You learn more from the senior players than you do from the coaches,” said Huws.
“That is saying nothing against the coaches, but as a young player you can learn so much from the top players, on and off the field.
“Their attitude and work ethic is incredible – lads like Gael Clichy and James Milner work so hard, and that is why they are up there, at the top.
“And off the pitch, it is all about the way they are with the media and people around the hotel, giving of their time, and signing autographs.
“Gael especially is someone who is always there to help – he has been telling me to keep working hard, and helping me make the right decisions.
“He has done it all in his career, so you just have to learn from someone like him.”