Manchester City weekend round-up: Ferdinand’s ‘disgrace’ jibe and striker move rejected

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

Manchester City have rejected a bid from Turkish side Trabzonspor to take striker John Guidetti on loan this season.

The Swedish striker is still recovering following a series of injuries and a debilitating virus that could so easily have ended his career. Thankfully that was not the case, but the 21-year-old will not be resurrecting his once-promising career in Turkey as City do not feel he is yet ready for a comeback.

Should Guidetti regain both his fitness and his form, he still has plenty of time to live up to and possibly exceed the expectations of many when he first burst on to the scene.

The Daily Star claims City will return for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala in the January transfer window, as they attempt to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to his signing.

At just 22, the Frenchman is tipped to have a huge career and has a release-clause of £40million.

The Star claims City are prepared to offer £30million up front with the rest in add-ons. Whether Porto would be prepared to accept such a bid remains to be seen, and following the arrival of Martin Demichelis, it also remains to be seen if Manuel Pellegrini would move for another defender so soon.

Having temporarily left the Etihad on transfer deadline day, Gareth Barry still hopes to make the England squad should they qualify for next year’s World Cup.

I don’t need an explanation every time I’m not picked,” he told the Star. “Every footballer wants to feature in a World Cup and I’m no different.”

While Barry accepts it will be hard to get back into a squad he last graced more than a year ago, he hopes a fine campaign on loan at Everton could see him make the final list, although he reiterated that he joined the Toffees to play domestically, not to benefit his England career.

Another City midfielder has been speaking this weekend, with James Milner revealing that he has high hopes for the new season, despite not yet starting under Pellegrini.

With the amount of games we’ve got coming up, I’m sure I’ll get a lot of games this season,” he said. “Then it’s down to me to perform in those games. The team is the most important thing.”

And finally, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised City and Newcastle for not playing enough Englishmen.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday about the state of the national team, Ferdinand said, “Having so few English players in the Premier League diminishes the English team, of course it does.

Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch, three out of 22 starters. That is a disgrace.”

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