Saturday, 1 June 2013

Blue bits

Following a period of some computer issues, I’m pleased to be back and thought it best to start with some bits ‘n’ bobs about our beloved Blues.

Ryan’s gone

Left-back come left-sided centre half Ryan McGivern has made his loan move to Hibernian permanent in recent days; signing a 2 year contract with the Scottish side.

Despite our spending power and high competition for places, I always believed that Ryan was one who could make it. He always stood out a little more on the pitch (and not just because of his snow-white hair); looking mature and composed on the ball than most other youth players at City. I have no doubt, in fact, that we’ll see Ryan play at quite a high level in England some time in the future and I wish him all the very best during his extended period at the Edinburgh side.

The coming of Jesus?

Not for the first time have strong rumours come out about us acquiring the services of Jesus Navas from Sevilla. The flying right winger would certainly be a welcome addition to our side; adding another dimension to our attacking play and, once again, fuelling rumours that we could see Edin Dzeko remain at the Club this coming season. A change in style/options could see us get more from the sulking Bosnian – although often a critic of the big man; I would love nothing more than to see this guy’s potential shine through.

Navas, I am told, has pace to burn and at 27; is just approaching his footballing prime for an outfield player. This is one rumour I am hoping holds some credibility, especially as it looks like Alexis Sanchez now wants to stay and fight for his place at Barcelona.

Verbal agreement and a Monday arrival?

Manuel Pellegrini gave his strongest “hint” yet that he was to become Manchester City’s new Manager, by admitting that a “verbal agreement” was in place. So with his last game as Malaga boss to be played today (01.06.2013) against a certain Barcelona, could we possibly see the Chilean being unveiled on Monday 3rd June? I’d say there’s a good chance…

Cavani a ‘done deal’

We are told that a, “club insider” (who ARE these people anyway?), has said that a deal to secure the services of Napoli striker Edison Cavani has already been done! This is despite word coming out from Italy that the Uruguayan would, in fact, be happy to stay at Napoli (if they improved his wage/contract considerably no doubt…).

So, could we see our new Manager on Monday (packing Isco into his travel bag too) followed by a new striker on Tuesday?

The inspirational Manager

As recently posted, I have suggested that the apparently-motivational, father-figure that is Manual Pellegrini could see Samir Nasri spring back into life next season.

Well, following on from that, suggestions are that moving for the Chilean Coach could well see Carlos Tevez stay and sign an extension to his current contract (1 year remaining) and if so - and I hope so - we would, I’m sure, see a much revitalised player. Although ALWAYS full of energy and threat, regular followers of City will have noticed that Carlos' ‘edge’ in front of goal has been missing somewhat of late. I think Manuel is the one to bring that back.

As I’ve already said, Dzeko too could well be refreshed with our new Manager coming in but, worryingly, it has also been suggested that Roque Santa Cruz – who did…okay…under Pellegrini at Malaga – could now have a chance of a new contact at City! YIKES!

I hope our new Manager doesn’t like Serbian “attacking” left-backs too…

Anyway, all that’s left to say for now (for those in parts of the world where it applies) is...happy summer everyone! The sun is shining here and I’m off to sit in the garden with a beer or three…

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