In January this year, Barcelona completed a deal to sign one of Spain’s finest young players in Ferran Torres from Manchester City. In a transfer that was set to be paid in instalments, all signs pointed to the deal being a smash success. However, it has been reported by Catalunya Radio that up until now, Barça are yet to pay any of the €52 million fee to the Premier League champions for the Spanish international. Further details claim that the club will have to pay the full fee to Pep Guardiola’s side this year.
Manchester City are reportedly set to give their squad’s fringe players a couple of opportunities in a busy week for the defending Premier League champions.
Having come out relatively unscathed in their recent busy fixtures, with no injuries to any key personnel, some key fixtures – season-defining games – are upon them, so it makes sense to give their star players a rest if they get the chance. Continue reading CITY TO GIVE SQUAD OPPORTUNITIES
The manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini, has said that Stevan Jovetic needs to prove his worth at Etihad Stadium in the latter half of the ongoing season.
City had signed Jovetic at the start of the season after paying a big transfer fee of 22 million Pounds to his former club Fiorentina, but, he hasn’t been able to repay that so far and his fitness has a lot to do with that. He has been continuously struggling with his hamstring problem since making his way to City and has featured for his new club in just 5 matches so far.
The last time that Jovetic had played for City was two and half months back in October. That was a Capital One Cup match against Newcastle United and the Montenegro forward had lasted just a few minutes in that game.
Talking to the reporters about Jovetic the other day, Pellegrini said, “No player can be fit for each and every match. I hope that Stevan’s fitness improves this year and we will be able to play him regularly.”
“I am one of those managers who believe their players. If the player is saying that he has got an issue with his muscles, then, he must have that issue.”
“I have got 100% faith in him. My mind might change after a few months, but, at this point of time, I believe that Stevan will be back and he will play a key role for us later in the season.”
The Sky Blues are currently at the second position in the Barclays Premier League points table with 44 points in 20 matches. They are just one point behind the Gunners who have been leading the table right from the start of the season.