The People: City spending wisely
- 21 July 2013 09:36
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City’s summer recruitment programme is the subject of discussion in this morning’s media round-up.
Yes, there are a few snippets on reported interest in Real Madrid’s Pepe and Benfica’s Eduardo Salvio, but nothing we haven’t brought you before in our daily rumour and gossip round-up.
As journalists begin to look at the bigger picture with a month to go before the Premier League begins, the Blues are both praised and criticised in the Sunday Press.
The Sunday People’s Dave Kidd thinks City have done good business in the transfer market and believes the Chelsea-United wrangle over Wayne Rooney is a distraction that will benefit the Blues in the long run.
He writes: “It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for, so they say.
“And while Chelsea and Manchester United are battering 10 bells out of each other over Wayne Rooney, the Premier League’s one-time noisy neighbours are calmly assembling a team capable of wresting back the title and finally making some impact in the Champions League.
“When Rooney handed in his transfer request in 2010, his likeliest destination was a crosstown move to Manchester City.
“But that was in the era Garry Cook – the man who claimed Kaka had ‘bottled it’ by not signing for him; the man who approved the plastering of provocative Carlos Tevez posters along Deansgate.
This time, with Rooney’s relationship with United at breaking point, City are not getting involved. Partly because the City hierarchy no longer feel the need to get involved in ego-jousting contests
“Their club is now a permanent member of football’s elite and they do not need to make statements of intent.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has been airing his views on City’s new-look squad. As the great Bill Shankly once said, “Football is all about opinions,” and everyone is entitled to them so, being good sports, here they are.
The Sun’s Rob Beasley reports: “Petr Cech insists Manchester City’s £100million summer spending spree will guarantee them absolutely nothing.
“But Chelsea’s keeper is not intimidated, saying throwing the cheque book around is the easy part, winning trophies is difficult.
“Cech said: 'Money has never won anything. You can spend as much as you want but you must build a team first. Yes, City have huge competition for every place.
‘They have a new manager, new expectations and new motivations. And if they build a team they will be a tough opponent and rival for us in the Champions League and for the Premier League title. But so will Manchester United. So will Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.”
Well, Petr, we’ll all just have to wait and see, won’t we?