Ferna looking to finish his career with City?
- 05 March 2014 07:38
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
As the dust settles on Sunday's Capital One Cup final victory, the newspapers turn to other matters at hand. So, what's making the headlines this morning?
Well, Blues midfielder Fernandinho is the talk of the town at the moment, following his call-up to Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil side.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, 'Ferna' admits that it was his move to Manchester that rekindled his international career.
Writes Rob Dawson: "The Blues midfield star made it plain that one of the main reasons he made a £30m summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk was to showcase himself to national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
"He has done exactly that, with a series of influential performances, and has his reward with a place in the squad for the friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.
"And he freely admits that his time with City has already made him a better player."
Fernandinho is quoted in the article, declaring: "I’ve changed a great deal, mainly because of the move from Ukraine to England.
"I’ve grown a lot, and I think this has played an important part in my being picked for the squad. My performances during my first seven months in England have been really good and this, together with the fact the team has been doing well, has helped to catch the coach’s eye."
And the M.E.N isn't the only media source to have featured the 28-year-old in their stories this morning. He also appears in the Mirror, who are reporting that the Brazilian would be happy to end his career at City.
"The Brazil midfielder admits he had to win over the doubters when he joined from Shakhtar Donetsk for £34million last summer and says he feels settled now," claims David Anderson.
Fernandinho is quoted once again, stating: "Finish my career in Manchester? Yes, anything is possible.
"I am fine here, I have a four-year contract and I have no reason to think about anything else. I believe in this project and I believe that we will win important trophies.
"I have shown that I deserve to be a regular for City. The World Cup is my big goal. I want to convince Luiz Felipe Scolari by continuing to play well here and by winning trophies with City."
We certainly hope you do, Ferna!
Moving on and Jose Mourinho is in the headlines once again. Shock horror! Although this time, it's Blues captain Vincent Kompany who's doing all the talking, apparently dismissing the suggestion that the Chelsea boss' mind games are affecting his teammates.
An article on the Sky Sports website reads: "Mourinho has tried to increase the pressure on City, but Kompany believes any side in the top four can win it [the Premier League title].
"The Portuguese manager claims Manuel Pellegrini's side are favourites for the title because they have two games in hand and 'destiny in their hands'."
But according to the source, Kompany has laughed off any talk of mind games, claiming that what opposition managers have to say has little effect on him.
"Unless a manager puts on his football boots and starts playing as a striker, I'm never really worried about what they can say," he told the website.
"It's very simple in football, the winner is always right and the loser is always wrong.
"As I say, there are four teams and Liverpool is one that can win it as well. Maybe City and Chelsea have a slight edge, but then again Liverpool have just as much momentum.
"Arsenal will probably get the momentum back again when they win again, so it's a good league for the neutrals. I think it will be tight until the end."
Wise words there from the skipper. Though, would we ever expect anything less?!
And finally, Aleksandar Kolarov believes the Blues are looking to win each of their remaining games, as they bid to contend for three more pieces of silverware.
He allegedly told Luke Edwards of the Telegraph: "It will be very difficult to the very end because now we have played two games less [than Chelsea] and we need to win them.
"It’s very important we do that because we want to keep things in our own hands. We have 12 more games to play and every single one of them is going to be tough. This is the important stage of the season and we have to hold our nerve.
"It is the team that handles the pressure better that will win. It’s massive for us, we might need to beat every single team we play between now and the end of the season to win the Premier League."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk in 24 hours for your daily dose of media speculation, regarding all things City.