Manchester City latest: Including Pellegrini’s return and Nasri’s hope

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to return to the club’s pre-season tour in time for Wednesday’s match against South China.

Having flown to Chile to attend his mother’s funeral, he will return to a support rallied by his captain Vincent Kompany.

It’s not just putting things in perspective it’s a reality check,” the Belgian defender said.

Football is more than just signings, it is about being in a group, being in a family and he is too. When he comes back we will make (sure) he feels at home with us.”

Another player who has been talking about his new manager is James Milner, who has revealed one of the ways Pellegrini has been preparing the Blues for their upcoming campaign.

The former Malaga boss has shown his new players videos of the Spanish side’s matches, in an attempt to demonstrate what he hopes to replicate at the Etihad.

You see the organisation and the record Malaga had in the Champions League last year was really good defensively,” Milner said.

Whether that means City will continue their pursuit of a new defender as has been reported, or whether the defensive duties will rest with the players currently at his disposal remains to be seen.

One player hoping for a better year, both personally and collectively, is Samir Nasri. The French midfielder had a disappointing sophomore season but believes his problems are behind him.

Emotionally, I went through several moments of doubt and reassessment,” he said. “Some of the criticism I got hurt me, and lots of bad things were said.”

If he can rediscover the form that prompted his move to the Etihad, those bad comments may be replaced by glowing ones.

And finally, midfielder Emyr Huws is awaiting the news on where he will be playing next season.

His involvement in the club’s pre-season tour shows how highly he is regarded at the club, but at just 19, he is unlikely to feature much for the first-team for some time yet; a fact he fully acknowledges.

I am not expecting too much from this season,” he said, “I just want to improve myself, and work day by day to try and get more opportunities.”

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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