Transfer Window: Day Twelve
- 12 January 2013 08:48
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Saturday’s newspapers are light on rumours of City incomings but there are suggestions that a current star could be extending his stay in Manchester.
"I remember when Carlos said: 'I finish my contract and when I finish I [go] back to Argentina.' I don't know what he thinks now. But we have the time for this,” Mancini said.
“This could be because Carlos is 28 and he has other years to play. I think that this could be an option.
"His behaviour is very good, he works very well," the manager said. "He is an important player because he has experience in this moment and he can help Mario which is important."
Samir Nasri will serve the final game of a suspension for his sending off against Norwich City on Sunday when City take on Arsenal but he has still found time to heap praise on his former boss at the Emirates Stadium.
“It was a good challenge for me to come here and win titles because that is what I was missing at Arsenal,” the Frenchman stated.
“Everything was great but I wanted titles.
“So I went to City because I wanted to make history and be part of history and that’s what we did. It was 44 years after their last one and I’m very happy.”
“If I’m here today it’s because of him [Wenger]. I’ll never forget what he did for me.
“I owe him a lot. He gave me confidence not just as a player but as a man as well.
“That is why I really respect him and really like him because he cared about the men, not just about the players.”
Elsewhere, quotes from Joe Hart have appeared across the nation’s media this morning after the goalkeeper gave a series of interviews in a Manchester hotel suite.
City’s 2011/12 title race looked over when Mikel Arteta’s long range strike beat Hart in the 1-0 defeat last April and England’s no.1 has been remembering that painful experience.
“We all recognise the importance of this game,” Hart said in today’s Mirror.
"We also remember how it felt when we came off the pitch at the Emirates last season, eight points behind with six games left. When you lose in that manner, it’s angry time.
“I was raging, fearing that all our hard work had gone down the drain. But when you calm down and look at it objectively, it’s not the end of the world.
“There is always a way back into the title race, and after losing at Arsenal last year, we knew we still had to play United, just as we’ve still got to play them again this season.
"There was that 10-minute spell of going crazy, thinking you had blown it, but then reality kicks in and it dawns on you: It’s never over until it’s over.”
Elsewhere, Dedryck Boyata and John Guidetti have been linked with loan moves away from City, with the Belgian defender reportedly being courted by Nottingham Forest and Bolton (Daily Mail) and the Swedish striker interesting clubs in Italy (Sky Sports).
We’ll bring you news of any contract renewals and confirmed transfer stories first here on mcfc.co.uk.