City linked with Drenthe move
- Wed 15 Aug 2012, 8:11AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
The Premier League season is but a few days away and the Olympic stories are starting to thin out to make way for nation’s favourite pastime.
We start with the rumour that former Real Madrid and Everton wideman Royston Drenthe could be set for a switch to the Etihad Stadium, according to Goal.com.
The Dutchman is a free agent after his loan move to Everton last season and he is seen as an alternative to other alleged target, Scott Sinclair.
Drenthe's agent told Goal.com that he had received interest from City, as well as West Ham and Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev - but that the opportunity to join the Premier League champions has come as a particular surprise.
"We didn't expect this either, but they asked me about his numbers, how much he would cost salary-wise," he said.
"There are also clubs from the Serie A and Turkish clubs interested and also Dynamo Kiev."
"We have no complaints about the interest, but the most important thing is that Royston gets back on the pitch again.
"He prefers playing for a club in the Champions League, so City, Kiev and the Turkish big clubs have his favour at this moment."
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ESPN Star Sports report that he feels “renewed” and ready to spearhead the club’s pursuit of domestic and continental glory.
"I'm returning feeling renewed. I'm really up for having a great season. I'm better now and only thinking about playing football," Tevez shared.
"I feel useful and valued and that is fundamental for me. It's been a long time since I've scored a goal like that (against Chelsea), like the ones I used to score when I was at Boca, and this speaks of the confidence I have."
The forward then went on to reveal that City’s Argentine connection is also bringing him joy.
"City is already Argentinian and that makes me very happy. In the dressing room, with Zaba and Kun (Aguero) we teach things in Spanish to everyone. It's the team's second language," Tevez stated.
Finally, Ashley Cole made one seven-year old City fan’s day on Sunday, by handing him his Community Shield runners-up medal.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Bailey McColgan wouldn’t sell the medal for £1million.
“The Newall Green Primary School pupil told the M.E.N. that Cole’s gesture had topped off his day,” the paper reports.
He said: “I just held out my hand and he gave it to me. It made me feel really happy. I think he must be a nice person because he gave me his medal.”
“His mum Karla Barlow, 31, a manager at Pret a Manger in Spinningfields, said: “Apparently these medals would go for quite a lot of money but Bailey said he wouldn’t sell it for a million pounds.”
See! Football can do happy clappy, too.
Take that, Olympics...