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Fans hoping for a repeat of the excitement seen during the first match in the two-game series – that ended 4-3 to City – were not left disappointed. Brian Kidd’s side took an early lead courtesy of Gareth Barry, before Samir Nasri doubled their advantage midway through the first half.
Two goals from Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires – either side of a James Milner effort – made it 3-2 with 20 minutes still to play. A second for Nasri suggested City were out of reach, but Juan Mata set up a thrilling finish with an 82nd minute goal. However Eden Dzeko followed his brace in the first game with the final strike in another entertaining encounter.
Sergio Aguero may not have got on the score sheet in either match, but that hasn’t stopped the club offering him an extension to his contract that ties him to the Etihad until 2017.
“It’s been barely two years since I’ve arrived and sometimes I feel like I’ve been here all my life,” he said.
While the Argentina international will remain at City, one player who may be joining him is Malaga’s Isco. The 21-year-old has long been linked with a move to the blue half of Manchester – a link made stronger with the likely arrival of his current manager Manuel Pellegrini this summer.
And although Real Madrid are also said to be interested, the appointment of the Chilean coach may sway the midfielder.
“We will do what is best for Malaga,” the player said. “Nobody knows where my future lies.”
Pellegrini bid a final farewell to his home fans as he lead his team to a 3-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna last night. While refusing to reveal his next destination he did admit a move to City was a possibility.
“I am lucky to have good options and Manchester City is an option.”
One player desperate to improve on his first season at the Etihad is Jack Rodwell. Believing that City fans are yet to see the best of him since his move from Everton, the 22-year-old is hopeful next season will be a far better year.
Injury and competition for places has prevented him from having any real impact as yet, although his brace on the final day gave a glimpse of what that future may hold.
“It’s a new chapter for me,” he said, “and coming back from pre-season will be a new start – almost like a new career.”
Another City player currently looking ahead to summer internationals is Samir Nasri, who hopes to make an impact during France’s tour of South America.
Back in the squad for the matches against Uruguay and Brazil, the midfielder said, “I come into the squad with the desire to show that I can help this team and I’m not, how some people think, the idiot that makes the mess in the group.”
And finally, long-time City target Edinson Cavani says he pays little attention to the constant talk about his future. With Real Madrid and Chelsea both reportedly joining the Blues in seeking the Uruguayan striker’s services, he said, “I just think about Napoli.”
Although he hasn’t ruled out a move when the time comes.
“If an important offer were to come in, I will talk with president De Laurentiis.”
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