All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…
Manchester City began their pre-season campaign – and Manuel Pellegrini’s reign – with a 2-0 defeat against SuperSport United in South Africa. Goals from Mame Niang and Kermit Erasmus secured the win.
Fernandinho made his debut for his new club, while youngsters including Emyr Huws and Shay Facey appeared for the second half after Pellegrini changed all 11 players at the interval.
Speaking after the match, the Chilean explained that he wasn’t overly concerned with the outcome.
“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season,” he said. “I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”
During his post-match interview, Pellegrini also revealed that Maicon would not be at the club next season.
“Maicon didn’t come here to the pre-season and he will not be in the squad at Manchester City this year,” he added.
Signed for £3million last summer, the Brazilian is said to be on wages of £100,000-a-week and is just one of a few players the new boss is looking to off-load prior to the new campaign.
One player long-linked with a move away from the Etihad is Edin Dzeko, and yet Pellegrini has reiterated his desire to keep the Bosnian.
“He will stay here,” the former Malaga coach said. “For me, he’s a very important player. I’m sure that he will give this year the performances to show what he can do.”
The Fiorentina striker’s agents are believed to be in England talking to a number of clubs – including Manchester United.
But reports suggest a move to City is only a matter of time, with the agreement of personal terms not seen as a major stumbling block.
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