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Raheem Sterling: ‘Premier League title more important than individual recognition’

City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title. Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title. The England international is one of the favourites for the honour, with his main rival Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title and Sterling, who revealed he voted for Harry Kane, his England team-mate not making the six-man shortlist, is interested solely in helping his team. “It’s nice to be recognised on that front, but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention,” he said. Raheem Sterling voted for England team-mate Harr...

Manchester City not interested in bidding war for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri?

Manchester City reportedly have no interest in becoming involved in a bidding war for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. Manchester City have reportedly decided that they will not pay in excess of their valuation of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. City will be in the market for a new defensive-minded player for the middle of the park during the next transfer window, and Rodri has allegedly been identified as a potential signing. However, according to Sky Sports News, City have no intention of getting themselves involved in a bidding war for the Spaniard. The 22-year-old has a release clause of just over £60m, but there is the suggestion that City may look to sign the player for less than that figure. Rodri has made a total of 42 appearances during his first campaign at Atletico having sig...

Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fouling’ claims

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at suggestions from his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he might condone ‘tactical fouling’. The United manager said he expected City to “snap at their heels” and foul his side in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League derby at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is not the first United boss to have claimed City might strategically foul opponents high up the pitch to prevent counter-attacks, with his predecessor Jose Mourinho having mentioned it last season. Guardiola wasn’t too impressed by suggestions from Solskjaer that his side commit tactical fouls #MCFC pic.twitter.com/S2d3NoGzoN — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 23, 2019 “When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles an...

Raheem Sterling: ‘Level of competition for places behind improvement’

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling hopes his – and other players’ – stance on racism will help eradicate it from grounds within the next decade. The 24-year-old has been a prominent figure in the fight against abuse and discrimination from the stands, with his treatment at Stamford Bridge earlier this season thrusting the issue into the headlines. Since then there have been numerous other incidents but Sterling hopes by taking action now he and his fellow professionals can avoid further pain in the future. “It’s difficult. I wanted to bring light on not just one situation, but on my past experiences, things I’ve felt and know speaking to other players, something I felt I needed to say,” he said. “We’re trying, not just me, to make a change tha...

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne out for the rest of the season?

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly in danger of missing the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly facing a struggle to return before the end of the season. De Bruyne has sustained two notable knee injuries during the current campaign, but the Belgium international has now been sidelined with a hamstring problem which was picked up against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The playmaker has already been ruled out of Wednesday’s Manchester derby, but according to The Sun, the 27-year-old is not expected back until the middle of May at the earliest. The report adds that De Bruyne could potentially recover in time for the FA Cup final with Watford, which takes place on May 18. De Bruyne has been restrict...

James Milner admits he will be supporting Manchester United in derby

James Milner admits he will become a Manchester United supporter for the first time as Liverpool hope for an advantage in the Premier League title race. Milner counts United’s three great rivals – Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester City – on a 17-year playing CV that has seen him rack up more than 600 senior games. But the 33-year-old midfielder will put history to one side in the Manchester derby on Wednesday when  City meet United at Old Trafford. Another big performance 💪🏻🔴🔙🔛🔝#waaarrrmmmm ☀️#dryyyyyyy 🔥#robbointhesunsecondhalf 🥵#lifeintheoldboyyet 👴🏻 pic.twitter.com/WsjcTLfhwR — James Milner (@JamesMilner) April 21, 2019 The derby is City’s game in hand on Liverpool and victory will restore their one-point lead at the top with three matches of the season remaining. “First time in my life,”...

Manchester City to break transfer record for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri?

A report claims that Manchester City are ready to trigger the £60.6m release clause in Rodri’s Atletico Madrid contract, making him their record purchase. Manchester City are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, according to a report. The Citizens are believed to have focused their attention on recruiting the Spain international as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the holding-midfield position. Atletico are not looking to sell the 22-year-old, but The Telegraph suggests that he has a £60.6m release clause in his contract and City are ready to trigger it. Rodri has been watched up close by City scouts and director of football Txiki Begiristain in recent weeks, it is claimed, and the reigning Premier League champions believe that h...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester City

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford. Manchester United will be expecting a response in arguably the biggest game of the Premier League season so far when they welcome local rivals and title-chasing Manchester City to Old Trafford on Wednesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side were humiliated at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton ran riot with a 4-0 drubbing, making it back-to-back defeats during which time United have shipped seven goals without scoring. Indeed, it is now six losses from their last eight outings across all competitions ahead of Wednesday’s derby, which could prove to be a pivotal contest in the top-four race as well as the title race. Here,...

Manchester City ‘begin talks with Joao Felix agent’

Manchester City chief Txiki Begiristain reportedly meets with the agent of Benfica starlet Joao Felix to discuss a possible summer transfer for the 19-year-old attacker. Manchester City have reportedly moved to steal a march on their rivals in the race to sign highly-rated Benfica attacker Joao Felix. Felix is one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment having enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season which has seen him score 16 goals across all competitions. The likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been linked with the 19-year-old, who has been dubbed as ‘the new Cristiano Ronaldo’. However, Goal reports that Man City may now be frontrunners to secure his signature after sporting director Txiki Begiristain met with Felix’s age...

Real Madrid to rival Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl?

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to rival Manchester City in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. Real Madrid have reportedly identified Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl as a potential signing. Head coach Zinedine Zidane will allegedly be provided with the funds to transform Real’s squad over the summer, and the Spanish giants have been heavily linked with a number of attacking players. However, Zidane also holds a desire to freshen things in the middle of the park, and according to reports in Spain, Weigl could be on the Frenchman’s radar. The 23-year-old has established himself as an important member of Dortmund’s squad, but the German has just over two years remaining on his contract. That could lead to interest from a number of clubs ov...

Pep Guardiola confirms Kevin De Bruyne hamstring injury

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is waiting to find out the severity of Kevin De Bruyne‘s injury suffered in the 1-0 win over Tottenham. The Belgium midfielder, only recently back from a knee problem, limped off in the first half at the Etihad Stadium as City returned to the top of the Premier League and gained revenge on Spurs following their Champions League exit in midweek. Phil Foden, on just his second Premier League start, scored the only goal of the game just five minutes in. PEP 💬 (On @DeBruyneKev‘s injury) I didn’t speak with him or the doctors but it’s a muscular injury. I don’t know how big the impact is. We will see tomorrow but I think the next game he will be out.#MCITOT 🔵 #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) April 20, 2019 The matches keep...

Raheem Sterling in focus as Manchester City scrape past Tottenham Hotspur

The England winger was not his usual influential self. Raheem Sterling is one of six nominees for the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award and he was in action for Manchester City against Tottenham. It was not his most influential game as Press Association Sport analyses his performance. A quiet afternoon Raheem Sterling, right, in possession for City (Martin Rickett/PA) Even though he appeared to have the beating of Juan Foyth, Sterling was, by his standards, having a quiet game on the left and he was nowhere near as influential as he was on Wednesday when he was a constant threat and scored two goals. He had managed just one successful dribble and had produced no shots or key passes, despite City controlling the game. But Sergio Aguero’...

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