Europa League motivation driving City forward
- Tue 04 Dec 2012, 6:57AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Roberto Mancini has insisted that the prize of a Europa League spot makes tonight’s game away at Borussia Dortmund an important match for his team.
There had been suggestions that Mancini might rest some of his key players considering the Blues face their first Manchester derby of the season on Sunday but he has taken his best available squad to Germany in a bid to remain in Europe after Christmas.
“It could be difficult in the Europa League because you play on Thursdays and don't have much time to recover for the Premier League,” said Mancini in today’s Independent.
“But we must try to play in the Europa League and we will do our best. We have brought all the players who are available and they'll do everything to win the game. But Borussia will be difficult because they are one of the best teams in Europe.”
Elsewhere, City are reportedly on red alert after Inter and Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder revealed that he had no intention of renewing his contract on the reduced terms on offer.
“Wesley Sneijder has alerted Manchester United and Manchester City to his potential availability in January after talks with Internazionale regarding his future on Monday failed to resolve the impasse which centres on the club wanting him to agree to reduced terms,” writes Jamie Jackson in today’s Guardian.
“Although Sneijder has a deal with Inter that runs until 2015, his price tag would be significantly down on the €35m (£28.2m) United were quoted in the summer of 2011, with reports suggesting he could be sold for as little as €15m.
"That valuation could drop further if Sneijder is not moved on in the window and the dispute continues.”
“Manchester CIty defender Kolo Toure is wanted by Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala,” writes Simon Jones.
“Toure, 31, joins Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic and Spurs target Toby Alderweireld of Ajax on Anzhi’s wishlist.”
Remember that it’s just speculation until you read confirmed transfer stories here on mcfc.co.uk!
“It’s important I stay fit and get back in the team,” said Lescott in today’s Sun.
“It’s nice to have played for England but I need to force my way back into our side first to have a chance of staking a claim for my country.
“It’ll be hard to break back regularly with Matija playing so well.”