Mirror: Mangala interesting Blues
- 30 August 2013 09:09
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
With the transfer window set to close on Monday night, City are being linked with a possible move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
Injuries to Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards in the first few weeks of the campaign have left the Blues short of defensive reinforcements of late and the Mirror believe Mangala is on Manuel Pellegrini’s radar.
“The deposed Premier League champions are looking for centre-back cover following injuries to key defenders.
“They have been looking at relatively low-budget options in Atletico Madrid's Martin Demichelis, who played for City's new manager Pellegrini at Malaga last season, and Adil Rami of Valencia.
“To sign Mangala however, they will need to pay the £40m buy-out in his contract, which runs until 2016.”
Away from transfer tittle-tattle, Napoli boss Rafael Benitez, writing in his column The Independent, expresses his admiration for two of City’s summer recruits.
Benitez knows La Liga well, of course, and he thinks Jesus Navas will thrive in the Premier League. He says: “Look out for a player who is pacey, very dangerous on the right and puts in good crosses – great mobility; a very dynamic player. Negredo is a different type of player: a great finisher, great left foot and good in the air. He will score goals.
So, although City slipped up in their game at Cardiff, this means nothing. Pellegrini has experience, likes to improve players and has good English, which, by the way, is crucial at the start for a manager going into the Premier League
“When you have good players you don't need to talk too much but the English is important because when you try to express an emotion or explain an exercise you need the right words – and when you pronounce the words in the wrong way you lose something. Not a problem for Pellegrini.”
Finally, the Telegraph’s Henry Winter quotes City’s sporting director, Txiki Begiristain backing City and England No.1 Joe Hart at the Champions League draw in Monaco yesterday.
Writes Winter: “City’s faith in their recently-criticised keeper Hart remained strong. ‘We are very, very happy with him,’’ emphasised Begiristain.
‘The manager’s job is to give confidence to everybody. Maybe the manager doesn’t need to do it [with Hart] because all of us know we have the best keeper in England, and one of the best keepers in the world.’
“Begiristain sighed at the reminder of the injuries City have sustained at centre-half. Kompany is out for another fortnight, Nastasic is only just returning while Richards is also injured. ‘We are trying to improve this line,’’ said Begiristain of the defence. ‘We have a couple of days to try to do something.’”