Independent: Hart back to his best
- 01 June 2014 08:23
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
It’s a bumper Sunday edition of our daily media round-up as we kick-off our first day including all the World Cup related news and gossip concerning City’s stars as well as the regular transfer news and gossip… Ready? Let’s go…
“Hart has regained form at the right time after a mixed period mid-season when he was dropped at Manchester City. He would like to move on from that and is reluctant to talk about it in any depth. Asked if he ever feared for his World Cup place he said: “I was just focused on getting back in the team at Manchester City. I have learned a lot this season: that football does not revolve around myself and there are other great goalkeepers around the world.
“”I am at a very good club who have three good goalkeepers, I am part of an England squad that have five or six to choose from. I just know I have to work hard, try and get to the best level I can and be the best option for the manager.
““I am constantly trying to improve, daily, getting more experience, more games. People say goalkeepers mature as they get older, and I hope that’s the case.””
Sadly, there will be no World Cup dream for two other City players as Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas are both left out of Spain’s final 23 man squad for the tournament. Coach Vicente del Bosque has opted to leave the Blues pair behind in favour of Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.
“”It breaks my heart to leave Navas behind,’ said Del Bosque in the Daily Mail. ‘But he has not been right for the past two months and I prefer to take someone who is 100 per cent.’
Pete Jenson’s article continues: “To overlook ‘The Beast’ Negredo would have been unthinkable at the turn of the year and reflects a disastrous second half of the season for the Manchester City striker. He did not seem to be too upset by what was ultimately a widely predicted omission, tweeting that he was off on holiday with model girlfriend Clara Garcia Tapia.”
There will of course still be plenty of City-interest in the World Champions’ fortunes in Brazil as David Silva made the final squad and will look to shine in his second World Cup.
The Mirror’s Simon Mullock reports that City stars Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero have been told to keep quiet about club affairs during the World Cup with both players alleged summer targets for Europe’s elite clubs.
“Etihad chiefs fear that two of their most prized assets have had their heads turned by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, respectively.
“Toure has insisted that it would be an honour to play for the French champions .
“And Aguero’s father, Leonel del Castillo, has given an interview in Spain in which he spoke about his son’s desire to join Barcelona.
“That has prompted City to remind all of their players that they have a contractual obligation not to speak in depth about club issues while they are away on international duty.
“City are worried that both PSG and Barca will try to tempt Toure and Aguero with charm offensives.
“They have already told Toure’s agent that the Ivory Coast international is not for sale at any price despite claims that he doesn’t feel valued by the club.
“And a similar message will be sent to Aguero if Barcelona fail to back off.
“A City source said: “There are reports in Spain that Barcelona have offered £38million for Aguero. That won’t even buy 50 per cent of him.””
The Mirror are also reporting this morning that the Blues are hoping top summer target Mehdi Benatia can force his way out of Roma after the Italian club slapped a £50 million price tag on the Moroccan defender.
“Sunday Mirror Sport understands Benatia has already told City he wants to join them after being told he will earn £80,000 a week at the Etihad.
“Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has told the Premier League champions they will have to treble their opening £17million bid.
“Benatia – who believes his club have reneged on a promise of a substantial pay rise – will now have to agitate for a move.
“Sabatini said: “Benatia is not for sale, unless someone comes to us with an offer of 62million euros.
““Personally I think 31m euros is the value of Benatia’s weak foot. In that case the total price would be 62m.””