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With two years left on his current deal, Richards was set for discussions on an improved contract. But with talks said to be at an exploratory stage, there is no substance to the stories of a scramble for his signature.
TalkSport ran the story yesterday, before it was picked up by the dailies. But it seems City fans can be reassured that with no contract yet on the table, it is impossible for anything to have been rejected.
In transfer news, long-term target Edinson Cavani has asked his parents to stop commenting on his future. Both have made statements about where the player will be next season, with his mother claiming that he had held talks with both City and Real Madrid, before his father claimed he was destined for the Bernabeu.
Now the Napoli striker has had his say on his parents’ loose tongues.
“I want to point out that these words are not coming from me,” Cavani said.
“I’ve asked my parents a thousand times not to say any more. They can only hurt me.”
And yet perhaps City fans shouldn’t get too excited; because when asked about the prospect of joining Real he said, “We’ve all dreamed of playing for them, as we have with Barcelona, but now I’m at Napoli and very proud of the fact.”
With no mention of City, it is either a canny smokescreen or he really has no intention of joining Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Other reports suggest the Chilean has no plans to move for Cavani, and that instead he will give Edin Dzeko the chance to shine at the Etihad.
The Bosnian is undeniably talented, and with the faith of a new manager and a regular starting spot, there is no reason he cannot be as prolific as he once was.
“He wants to be a Real Madrid player and Real Madrid want him,” Perez said.
It doesn’t get more clear-cut than that.
One player almost certain to leave the Blues is Carlos Tevez, with Juventus believed to be his most likely destination.
This is a story that has been running for some time, but with AC Milan confirming they have enough forwards already, any move to Serie A is likely to be to the current champions.
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