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News and gossip from Manchester City over the past 24 hours.

Joey Barton has launched a scathing attack on Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. The former City midfielder believes that Tevez is all that is wrong with modern football and branded him a ‘mercenary’ in relation to his strike action at The Etihad. Barton believes that compared to his own ‘hoodlum’ problems including getting into ‘scrapes’ is not as bad as the behaviour of Carlos Tevez following his denial to come off the bench against FC Bayern last season.

Mario Balotelli has informed kit supplier Umbro that he wants a percentage of the sales figures for shirts being sold with his trademark slogan ‘Why Always Me?’ printed on them. The Italian striker revealed the t-shirt after scoring against Manchester United in the 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford this season. Now however the striker wants a chunk of the sales on the grounds of ‘intellectual property’.

Manchester City’s academy players have been urged to not copy the behaviour of the Italian striker by football administrator Brian Marwood. He insists that the 22-year-old should set a better example for their young players looking to the example being set by Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott; insinuating that Balotelli is not a positive role-model for the clubs young players.

Manchester City have begun work on their new Etihad training complex that is estimated to cost them a whopping £100 million in order to fund a sustainable model for success with the nurturing of their own talent. Based arounf the famed Barca La Masia academy the complex will include 16 full-sized pitches and a first-team training building. It is thought the investment will help the Premier League champions comply with Uefa’s impending Financial Fair Play regulations.

Manchester City have informed Gareth Barry he will have to wait until January to discuss a potential new deal at the club. The 31-year-old has a current deal that runs until the end of next season but is reportedly keen to tie down his immediate future at The Etihad. However the former Aston Villa man may be asked to take a pay-cut from his current £120,000-a0week deal in order to trim City’s extortionate wage bill.

Finally Manchester City’s Ivorian brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure were unscathed after rioting erupted at their Afcon Qualifier with Senegal in Dakar. The trouble erupted after Didier Drogba had given The Elephants a seemingly unassailable lead from the penalty spot. Despite the fixture being abandoned Manchester City will still expect to be without their two Ivorian players during the competition next year.

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