Hart's warming words for Andy Carroll
- Sun 26 Aug 2012, 9:08AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
It’s a match day for City as they take on Liverpool at Anfield which means there’s plenty of Blue talk in Sunday’s media.
We start with some friendly words from Joe Hart in support of under-fire Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. The pair have struck up a friendship on England duty together and City’s stopper has moved to dispel the notion that Carroll is some kind of Northern hooligan.
Hart said: “I love Andy. I love the way he plays football. I love the way people don’t know him – I love that.
“The way people think that he’s just some hooligan from up north. That’s what they do.
“He’s anything but. He is a gentleman,” it reads in the Daily Star.
“He’s been great. I have introduced him to my friends and they can’t get over what a good person he is. And he is a good person, a very good player. He loves to get stuck in when he’s playing football and he gives everything. “
Expect these pleasantries to come to a swift end at around 4pm this afternoon...
Elsewhere, there’s more speculation linking Roberto Mancini with a move for Athletic Bilbao’s defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.
The Spanish international has been heavily tipped to join Bayern Munich but there’s a suggestion that City could capitalise on complications in negotiations between the Spanish and German clubs, also in the Daily Star.
“The Daily Star Sunday was first to reveal Mancini’s interest in Martinez, who has also been a target this summer for Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” the story reads.
“City’s only signing in this transfer window was also a midfielder – Everton’s Jack Rodwell, whose fee could eventually reach £16m,” writes Paul Hetherington.
“Mancini still wants to strengthen that area and increase his options in central defence and Martinez covers both departments.”
Don’t forget that the only place you can read confirmed transfer stories is on the Official Manchester City website.
Mancini’s opposing manager today will be Brendan Rodgers and the Sunday Telegraph today reports that the progressive manager was offered the chance to join the City revolution as a member of the backroom staff back in 2009.
“I was grateful because it was good for my confidence at the time because I’d left Reading having had a long career in coaching and all of a sudden I was on the outside looking in,” Rodgers said.
I went up at the end of the season, took a couple of days looking around the project and everything and I flew to Milan to meet Roberto out there.
“Then all of a sudden I got the opportunity to go to Swansea so to be the No 1, irrespective of money and whatever contract, at a great club like Swansea was always going to be too good to turn down.”
Finally, Wayne Bridge scored his first league goal in nine years at Brighton’s Am-Ex Stadium for the Seasiders. Bridge scored from all of 30 yards for his new loan club.
We’ll keep you updated with how all of our loan stars get on with their respective clubs over the coming season.