Quinn tips City for the title
- 11 August 2013 08:36
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
City may have lost 3-1 to Arsenal in their final pre-season friendly but that hasn’t stopped a club legend tipping Manuel Pellegrini’s side for the Premier League crown.
Niall Quinn made 218 appearances for the club over seven seasons and the Irishman thinks Alvaro Negredo could be the man to fire City to the 2013/14 title.
“But I like what Pelligrini is about and what he has at his disposal at City. I think he has a dressing room that needed a bit of TLC,” Quinn is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
“I think he is a very charismatic man. I was out in Hong Kong and I watched him in action around the players. Hollistic is a word I would use to describe his inter-action with the players.
“And I think that was what that dressing room badly needed. They are good enough to win it.
“He‘s also brought in his own couple of signings, players who he knew from Malaga and who knows what he wants.
His blip at Real Madrid was just that. A question mark but I like their chances.
“I also think Negredo is going to be a wonderful signing.”
Elsewhere, talk seems to have shifted away from players coming into the Etihad Stadium to those going out in the newspapers.
Aleksandar Kolarov has been linked with a move to Serie A all summer and, according to a story on the Football Italia website, Juventus lead the chase.
“Juventus have reportedly made a formal €12m offer for Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov,” the story reads.
“The Bianconeri were long linked with the former Lazio wing-back and reports coming out of both England and Italy suggest they’re stepping up their attempts.
“It is claimed Juve have sent a formal €12m proposal (£10.5m) to Manchester City for the Serbian international.”
Remember that the only place to read confirmed transfer stories is here on mcfc.co.uk this summer.
Finally, Jack Rodwell has revealed that he is ready to become the main man at City over the coming season.
The ex-Everton midfielder endured a tough debut season in Manchester after a host of injuries robbed him of the opportunity to make a big impression.
Now he’s fit, the 22-year old wants to establish himself in the first-team at the Etihad Stadium over the coming campaign.
“It’s a long season. If you do well in all competitions, there are more than 50 games so you need a big squad, and I hope to get a good amount of games,” Rodwell told Manchester Evening News journalist Stuart Brennan.
“The manager hasn’t had to speak to players about it. You just realise that is the way it I and need to look at the bigger picture.
“The first game isn’t far away, so I couldn’t be in a better place.
“There is a buzz about the place. Last season was a bit disappointing in all aspects but, with the new manager and signings, we are very optimistic.
“None of the lads can wait for the first game of the season.”