Dzeko Edin nowhere
- 31 December 2013 09:32
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
With the January transfer window open in a matter of hours, Manuel Pellegrini knows he will have 31 days of fielding speculative questions on who may be arriving – or leaving his squad.
Andy Hampson, writing in The Independent says: “Next year will be a big one for Dzeko, a £27million signing from Wolfsburg in 2011, with Bosnia competing in the World Cup for the first time in the summer.
“That has led to speculation he might seek more regular first-team football elsewhere but Pellegrini stresses he needs the 27-year-old as City seek silverware on multiple fronts.
“Pellegrini said: ‘There was never any chance of Dzeko going in January. He is a very important player for the team.
‘If you look at the last month I think Dzeko was one of the players that played the most minutes in December.
‘He has continued to a very important player for us. Always a player wants to play every game but it is impossible with the amount of games that we have to play.’”
You’d like to think that puts that particular story to bed – but don’t be surprised if it continually resurfaces over the next month.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s trip to Swansea, the South Wales Post runs – forgive the pun – a story on how the Swans’ defence are preparing for the pace of Jesus Navas.
The unattributed piece says: “Ben Davies is bracing himself for another ‘greyhound’ race tomorrow as Swansea City bid to dent another Manchester City title push.
“Swansea go in search of a third successive positive home result against the Etihad billionaires tomorrow.
“And for Davies, that means another afternoon spent trying to keep up with Jesus Navas.
City's Spanish international World Cup winner is one of the fastest players in the Premier League.
“And Davies said: ‘I think City have added a lot of pace to their team this season — and Navas is the fastest player I've come up against.
‘He is like a little greyhound going up the wing, but it's not just that he's quick, he's got a good engine on him as well to keep going throughout the game.
‘It will be tough battle for me, but these are the players I want to play against because it's a good yardstick.”
Finally, congratulations from everyone at City to former chairman and lifelong Blue David Bernstein who has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
The Sporting Life take up the story: “Bernstein, who stepped down from his FA role in July after reaching the age limit of 70, said he believed the honour also recognised his previous roles as chairman of Manchester City and Wembley.
‘I think this honour relates to all my 20 years in football and I am really delighted,’ he said.’I had 10 years at Manchester City and it was a fantastic period to be involved at a key moment in its history, getting the club back on its feet and organising the deal for the new stadium.
‘It was then enormously satisfying to be involved with Wembley through its construction phase to see it become the greatest stadium in the world.'’”
We’ll be back with more speculation, opinion and gossip tomorrow – next year in fact!