MEN: Pellegrini wants Richards stay
- 03 July 2013 08:13
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Rumours that Micah Richards is set for the Etihad Stadium exit door are wide of the mark - according to today's reports.
The 25-year old has been linked with a number of the contintent's biggest clubs but Manuel Pellegrini is believed to want to keep Richards around as the Chilean sees him as an important player in his vision of the Club's future.
"Micah Richards remains a vital part of new City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans for the future," Stuart Brennan writes.
"The big defender has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Bayern Munich and the two Milan clubs as talks continue over a possible new contract extension.
"But Pellegrini will tell him he sees him as an integral part of the squad, not just for his ability but also because – after 12 years at City – he epitomises the strong sense of identity the manager wants to build."
Another player who the newspapers reckon will be staying put is Milan and Italy striker Stephan El Shaaraway.
Speculation from Italy heavily hinted that the 19-year old was bound for Manchester but now Daniel Jones of the Daily Star reports he wants to stay at the San Siro.
"Calling time on the various rumours surrounding El Shaarawy's future, Milan posted a brief statement on it's website," Jones said.
It reads: "There has been a meeting between (Milan vice president) Adriano Galliani, Stephan El Shaarawy and the young star's entourage."
"Everything went well. Stephan has always been an AC Milan fan and has reiterated his determination to continue playing for the Rossoneri.
"That pledge was reciprocated by Milan, with conviction. Milan and El Shaarawy will move forward together, as they have since 2011. No more talk of the transfer market, no more rumours."
In other news, The Sun runs with the story that Arsenal are set to rival Spurs for the signing of Gareth Barry.
"They could put a two-year deal on the table on lower terms which may interest Barry," reports Shaun Custis.
"The Gunners are in the market for a holding midfielder and have been rebuffed by Bayer Leverkusen in their attempts to sign Germany star Lars Bender, 24.
"It is thought Barry would cost around £3.5m and north London rivals Spurs are also showing interest as they look to replace Scott Parker."
Finally, one transfer that could still be on involves Fiorentina hitman Stevan Jovetic.
The Montenegro international may well be subject to a two-way bidding war between Arsenal and City as Juventus fall away in the race - according to ESPN.
"Juventus' poor relationship with Serie A rivals Fiorentina could prove a major barrier to the signing of striker Stevan Jovetic, according to Juve's director general Giuseppe Marotta," the story reads.
"The Italian champions are among a host of clubs currently vying for the in-demand Jovetic, with Arsenal and Manchester City appearing to be more favoured destinations for the 23-year-old."
Remember the only place you can read confirmed transfer stories is here on the official website this summer!