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‘City not a team’ blasts Newcastle star

  • 29 March 2013 08:14
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

Newcastle and France international Yohan Cabaye had some stinging words for the team he’ll face at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

With the game just a day away, the midfielder has given a damning appraisal on City’s role in this season’s title race, stating that the Blues are a “team of individuals”.

“United are a machine. Sir Alex is doing a fantastic job for the club,” Cabaye is quoted as saying in today’s Sun.

“Even when the players change, he knows which player is going to be good for his team.

“City have fantastic players but, unfortunately for them, they don’t think and play as a team — it’s not the same as United. So maybe that’s the difference.

“City are still a fantastic team. But they are a team of individuals.”

Cabaye is an injury doubt for Saturday’s game but still may just have done Roberto Mancini’s team talk for him.

Meanwhile, City have reportedly been told that they will have to spend big if they want to bring Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

“Roberto Mancini has been firming up his shopping list early and has been readying a double swoop for Kondogbia and his team-mate Jesus Navas,” writes Charles Perrin in the Daily Express.

“However, there appears to have been some confusion over his release clause according to reports in Spain.

“It was originally believed that his release clause was £6.7m but it turns out the figure is more than double this.”

Either way, you’ll find out news on any captures first here on mcfc.co.uk this summer.

 

"Elsewhere, one thing I think we can all agree on is that the world needs more Edinson Cavani transfer speculation."

The next twist in the ever-exciting will-he-won’t-he transfer rumour is Football Italia’s report that Real Madrid have leapfrogged City in the race for the be-cheekboned Uruguayan.

“Reports in Italy suggest if Edinson Cavani does leave Napoli, it’ll be only for Real Madrid rather than Manchester City or PSG,” the story reads.

“The Partenopei have left the door open for a summer departure if someone stumps up the €70m needed to activate his buy-out clause.”

This one has, and will continue to, run and run and run and run and r…

There’s a good positive read over on thinkfootball.co.uk which compares David Silva’s vital stats with last season’s and draws the compelling conclusion that the Spanish maestro has improved from last year.

Silva Kolarov celeb

Silva has taken less minutes to create a chance for his teammates (86), has created more clear-cut opportunities (one every 159mins) and takes longer to lose possession (once every 74mins) than in last season’s title-winning season.

Interestingly, David has also outshone Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata in several key areas on paper so far this season – that one is well worth a read.

Finally, Vincent Kompany needs your help…

No, he’s not asking for you to partner him in defence or iron the captain’s armband for him but the skipper is inviting new names for the Belgian football club he’s just bought shares in.

FC Bleid are currently rooted to the bottom of the Belgian third division and Vinnie is hoping a change in name will bring a change in fortunes on the field, so he’s asking for your suggested monikers for the new investment.

The only rule is that the name has a clear reference to Brussels to reflect the relationship between the club and the city.

Head on over to westartfromscratch.com to throw your hat into the ring.

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