Manchester City weekend round-up: €58m January kitty; Toure on Barca return

All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend...

Manchester City suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of Cardiff City earlier today, with former Manchester United forward Fraizer Campbell scoring a late brace.

Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead after 52 minutes, but Aron Gunnarsson equalised eight minutes later after Joe Hart had saved Campbell’s shot.

But the Cardiff striker wouldn’t be thwarted again, as two headers in the last 11 minutes of normal time put the home side 3-1 ahead.

Substitute Alvaro Negredo pulled one back in injury-time but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Bluebirds from securing a famous victory in their first home game in the Premier League.

The result came after Cardiff ‘keeper David Marshall claimed all the pressure would be on City this afternoon.

There’s not much pressure on us,” he said, “there’s more on Manchester City because they are probably expected to go on and win the title with the players they’ve got and brought in.”

That may be the case, but Marshall and his teammates proved today that anything can happen in this league.

In other news, Sergio Aguero has set his sights on winning everything with the Blues this season. The Argentinean striker told the Sun on Sunday that he had offers to leave the Etihad this summer, but that he never had any intention of doing so.

One or two offers might have been around but I was not interested in them,” he said.

The striker’s teammate Yaya Toure has also been talking about his future in an interview with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

When asked how he felt about the devotion he still inspires in many Barcelona fans, Toure said, “Someday I’ll be back at Barca. Tomorrow is in the hands of God, and that I will come back to that club.”

They won’t be words City fans want to hear. But Toure has excelled since his move to the Blues, and he is unlikely to leave in the midst of their most exciting time.

With Manuel Pellegrini in charge, the Blues could be on the verge of something very special indeed. And Goal is reporting that he will be rewarded with a transfer kitty of €58million if he can guide the club out of the Champions League group stage.

Whether City will need to spend that much come the winter is a debate for another day. But it is clear that as much as Pellegrini is required to take the title back from Old Trafford, success in Europe is equally important.

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