Pellegrini: Kelechi Iheanacho can be a star
- 24 July 2014 08:59
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Following this morning's 4-1 triumph over Sporting Kansas City, today's headlines are full of post-match reaction, transfer speculation and even some general Blue news.
So without further ado, let's start with a story in the Manchester Evening News. According to Paul Handler, Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on City's new players after their victory in the States, declaring he was impressed with their performances.
Writes Handler: "Youngster Bruno Zuculini, whose move to City is still to be ratified by the Premier League, scored a cracking early goal, while another young prospect Kelechi Iheanacho was also on target.
"More experienced duo goalkeeper Willy Caballero and midfielder Fernando got valuable game time in what was a satisfying opener for the boss."
Quoted in the article, the Engineer states: "We have new players. Willy Caballero is a good keeper and I know him.
"Zuculini is a young player who has come from Argentina and Fernando has more experience in Europe with Porto. Both of them had very good performances.
"Finally, Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future.
"He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent."
"Forgotten-man Scott Sinclair has not given up on his Manchester City dream," Handler insists.
"The 25-year-old, bought in summer 2012 for £6m, has only ever been a bit part player for the Blues and could be on his way out before the transfer deadline.
"He went on loan to West Brom last season only for his campaign to be wrecked by injury."
Sinclair, who scored in last week's win over Hearts, reflected: "It was a great feeling and it's always nice to play the 90 minutes.
"I haven't played a full 90 in a long time. Although I was on loan to West Brom last season, I got injured and so on but hopefully this season will be much better than last.
"I want to score more goals and get more game time."
Stuart James asserts: "James Milner’s future at Manchester City is unlikely to be resolved until the end of the year at the earliest.
"The England international is minded to see whether he can force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI on a more regular basis before deciding whether to sign a new deal with the Premier League champions or join one of their rivals.
"With Milner in the final 12 months of his contract at City, the 28-year-old is in a strong position and there are several leading Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool, interested in signing him.
"However, he is settled in Manchester and in an ideal world would extend his stay with the club he joined from Aston Villa in a deal worth £26m four years ago.
"The one thing holding him back from committing to City at the moment is a lack of first-team action – Milner started only 12 league games last season."
Josh Ilan reports: "The 28-year-old went out of his way to make a trip to the Walter football school, which is located in his home city of Sarajevo.
"He is one of a few players who have gone to the place, with this including his nation’s captain and Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Emir Spahic.
"The foundation was established in March 2011, with their website stating their aim is 'to improve team skills, development of tolerance and fairness, as well as social competence'.
"During his visit, Dzeko posed for photographs with, and signed autographs for, the star-struck youngsters. In return, the institution gave the former Wolfsburg man a Brazuca, the official 2014 World Cup ball, as well as a painting."