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Chelsea ready to tempt Toure

  • 03 April 2013 09:30
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Chelsea are ready to tempt Yaya Toure away from the Etihad Stadium – according to reports today.

The Daily Express have once more taken up the speculation about the midfielder’s future.

Charles Perrin writes: “The Express Online reported last week that PSG have been identified as a potential suitor for Toure even though Roberto Mancini foresees him staying at the club for a long time.

“It seems the offers are set to flood in for the midfield powerhouse when the transfer window opens, with Chelsea ready to declare their interest.

“Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid could be a possible destination, but Chelsea could be in the frame too as Toure’s contract talks have reached an impasse.”

There are no quotes in that one from any of the parties mentioned.

Remember, we’ll be the first to bring you news of any official moves this summer on mcfc.co.uk!

Elsewhere this morning in the same paper, there are some quotes from fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta  - who talks about the club’s progress and how happy he is to be a part of City.

Zabaleta action shot

Jack Wilson writes in the Daily Express: “The Argentine defender was signed by Mark Hughes a day before the club was bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

“He said: ‘When you sign a for a club you just try and do your best but I admit that I didn't know whether I would be still be in the squad and winning trophies five years later because it was a different club when I joined.

"’I am very pleased to be a part of this club - I'm really happy to be here.

"’Obviously as players we need to keep working hard to keep our place in the team because in every position we have two or three players of real quality.’"

Zabaleta picked up back to back player of the month awards for December and January after turning in a string of impressive performances for the Blues this season.

Finally, Mike Dean has been selected to referee the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford on Monday night. 

The Manchester Evening News website reports: “The Wirral official was in charge of City's 2-0 win at Arsenal in January when he sent Laurent Koscielny and Vincent Kompany off.”

Blues fans might remember that the skipper’s red card was overturned on appeal.

It’s the first time that the official has refereed the fixture since the FA Cup semi final of 2011, which City won on in thrilling style at Wembley on their way to claiming the trophy.

It's sure to be a feisty atmosphere, and we’ll bring you all the reaction from the players as well as a match report after the final whistle. 

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