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Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has vowed to fight for his place in the starting line-up this season. The former Everton player hasn’t had the best of times since his £12million move from Goodison Park last summer – an apparent act of appeasement following former manager Roberto Mancini’s public declaration of dissatisfaction regarding City’s lack of transfer activity.
Injuries and rivalry for places saw Rodwell make only six league starts last season, appearing a total of 15 times across four competitions. But the midfielder is hoping for a fresh start under Manuel Pellegrini.
“Everyone has come in and is trying to win the manager over, which has brought a new lease of life,” he said.
“It’s a 25-man squad, where every player could pretty much walk into any other Premier League team. That gives you an indication of the strength of it. But I’ll be fighting for my place.”
Rodwell has been named in City’s squad for the group stage of the Champions League, as have the five new arrivals at the club this summer. The Mirror has published the full list of players Pellegrini will hope can replicate the achievements of his former club Malaga.
One player who apparently could have made that list is FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. Sky Sports have published quotes from the player that originated with Portuguese newspaper A Bola, claiming City were interested in the defender.
This is nothing new, as a number of stories last week claimed the Blues were interested in the Frenchman. And yet he has confirmed their interest did not lead to anything.
“Manchester City were interested a few days ago,” he said, “but nothing was ever close.”
And finally, Samir Nasri has revealed that he would like to play in America one day.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, he said, “In the future, I don’t know yet. I would like to discover the MLS. I love American culture.”
Could a stint at City’s franchise club New York City beckon?
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