Mario 'going nowhere' after Wigan strike
- Thu 29 Nov 2012, 8:37AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
For all of last season’s record-breaking, it was equally on narrow wins at places like the DW Stadium that the league title win was built, so there’s plenty of praise for Mancini’s men in today’s newspapers.
“For all the criticism levelled at Manchester City this season, there is a reason the champions remain the last unbeaten team in English football. Last night they once again demonstrated why.
"An ability to dig results out of decidedly ordinary performances is keeping Roberto Mancini’s side in touch with Manchester United at the top of the table, and nobody epitomised that better here than Mario Balotelli.
“It was Balotelli who came up with his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season — indeed, his first away from the Etihad Stadium for almost a year — to make the breakthrough just when City looked to be heading for a second goalless draw in four days.
“No wonder Mancini declared his intention to keep the player in Manchester when the January transfer window opens.”
As Wheeler alluded to, there had been tabloid rumours that Mario could be sold in January, with PSG and Inter said to be interested, but his manager moved to quash any notion that last night’s opening goal scorer could be heading for the exit door.
"No, no, we are not looking to sell Mario," said Mancini in today’s Daily Mirror. "I'm very happy for him because he scored his first goal this season, and I hope he can improve on this.
"He's one of the four strikers, and it's clear they have had some difficulty to score lots of goals like last year, but if we keep working hard we can change that.”
Finally, City have been linked with Chelsea’s teenage midfielder Connor Hunte in today’s Daily Mail.
The playmaker is also said to be a target of Manchester United and Liverpool and it remains to be seen if the player will sign a professional contract at Stamford Bridge or move elsewhere.
Don’t forget that it’s just paper talk until you read a confirmed transfer story here on mcfc.co.uk.