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Manchester City are eagerly awaiting news on Matija Nastasic’s ankle injury. The defender had a scan yesterday, and Manuel Pellegrini fears the 20-year-old may miss the start of the new season.
As reports continue that the Chilean may complete his summer transfer business with a swoop for a new defender, the news on Nastasic’s injury may make the manager’s mind up for him.
Vincent Kompany will hope to maintain his impressive partnership with the young Serb next season, and the City captain has spoken of his belief that Pellegrini will improve on the club’s strengths.
“I think what he’s trying to do is add on to what we have already and just make sure that those little points that we could improve we do improve,” he said, “maybe recovering the ball quicker and being more dynamic.”
Having developed an impressive defensive ethos at former club Malaga, Pellegrini will know that with slight alterations he could be overseeing a very successful club indeed.
“What I like about him is he talks about everything outside football,” Nasri said, “how you are in your life and stuff and it’s pretty important for a manager to understand these things, like a psychologist, it’s good.”
The general consensus from City players is how impressed they are with the new manager’s hands-on approach in training and willingness to change things when required.
And finally, Sky Sports are reporting that City have agreed to release midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim on a free transfer.
The midfielder has previously been called ‘the next Yaya Toure’ and is currently on loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset.
But as he enters the last year of his City contract, and with a number of British clubs interested in his services, he has confirmed his future may be resolved soon.
“Yes, it’s true the club gave me a free transfer last week and my advisors are speaking with clubs at this stage,” Ibrahim said.
“I’m hoping to have my future sorted in the next couple of weeks hopefully by mid-August.”