Telegraph: Pellegrini denies possibility of Dzeko switch
- 03 December 2013 08:58
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Decorations are going up and Christmas songs are on the radio, which can only mean one thing… the papers are packed with transfer gossip.
We’ll start with Edin Dzeko, who has been linked with a move south to Arsenal in the New Year. The latest twist in this predictable tale is a strong denial from Manuel Pellegrini, who has highlighted the need to keep a good squad together as City push for trophies.
The Gunners were linked several times with a move for the Bosnian striker last summer, and the Daily Telegraph reports that the City manager has been forced to try and put a stop to similar rumours gathering pace again.
Writes Mark Ogden: “With Negredo forming a 28-goal partnership with Sergio Agüero, Dzeko has been reduced to substitute appearances in recent weeks, with his last Premier League start coming against Aston Villa in September.
“But despite interest from league leaders Arsenal and German club Borussia Dortmund, Pellegrini has insisted that Dzeko, who has scored seven goals in 14 appearances so far this season, will not be sold before the end of this campaign.
“‘No, that is not the case [that Dzeko could be sold],”Pellegrini said. “I put my trust in him before the season and I have just as much trust in him now. It is very important for this club to have a good squad because we have a lot of games to play from now until April and, if we want to win trophies, we need important players.’”
Sticking with an Arsenal theme this morning, the Gunners are also said to be circling around Micah Richards if he decides to move on when the season ends in May – at least, if a report in the Daily Star is to be believed.
The 25-year-old is up against Pablo Zabaleta in the battle for the right back spot, and Richards is reportedly set to consider his options before signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium, with Arsene Wenger keen on a swoop for the City defender.
Steve Millar writes: “Richards has 18 months left on his contract and would love to carry on playing for his only club.
“But he is frustrated at not commanding a regular role, with Pablo Zabaleta ahead of him in the City pecking order.
“Richards, 25, will monitor the situation between now and the end of the season.
“Wenger has been a long-time admirer of versatile Richards, who can play either at right-back or in central defence.
“But the Gunners boss will have tough competition if Richards is up for grabs in the summer.”
Unfortunately, the inclusion of the word ‘summer’ means that one looks set to run on for a while…
Finally, it feels as if no gossip round-up would be complete without a Real Madrid mention – but fear not, Sergio Aguero is nowhere to be seen.
This time it’s Sergio Ramos who has been forced to deny paper talk of a switch between the clubs after reports emerged of a falling out with Madrid President Florentino Perez.
The report reads: “The World Cup winner concedes that there has been a difference of opinion at Santiago Bernabeu, but insists he remains happy in the Spanish capital and committed to his long-term contract.
“Ramos told AS: ‘I'll repeat, our differences were nothing to do with the contract. I've got three years here and I'm relaxed and I'm not looking to leave.
"‘I feel privileged and if I could, I would retire here.”
That’s about it for this morning, but there is sure to be a lot more where this all came from before the January transfer window slams shut (it never closes gently, does it?).
Remember though, you can read about any confirmed ins or outs at the club first right here on mcfc.co.uk.