News, views and rumours relating to Manchester City in the past 24 hours.
Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic hopes to build on his form following his brace in City’s 5-0 Capital One Cup victory over Wigan in midweek.
“It was difficult for me because I was the last to come here, and I was injured, so when they played the first games, I was doing preparation," he said.
"Now I am much better and I hope that by playing more I will show much more.”
City youngster Marcos Lopes wants to work harder to get more starts in Manuel Pellegrini’s side following his first start in the win over Wigan in the League Cup.
“Everyone can do it – they just have to work hard,” he said. “I feel like I want to do more, so when I feel this, and feel that one session is not enough for me, I go to the gym. I do extra,” Lopes explained.
“I have a target to be a professional player so I know I have to work hard, to do extra and do as many training sessions as possible. It is good for me.”
Meanwhile, City were drawn against Newcastle United in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup draw for the last 16.
City will face Alan Pardew’s Magpies at St James’ Park after beating them 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
In transfer news, City are interested in Felipe Anderson of Lazio, according to the player’s agent.
"Felipe is now eager and ready to repay the faith [president] Claudio Lotito and [sporting director] Igli Tare placed in him by signing him from Brazil,” claimed the Brazilian youngster’s agent Stefano Castagna.
"Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Tottenham and rich Russian and Ukrainian clubs had moved for him too."
Elsewhere, The Express claims City face competition to sign Diego Godin from Borussia Dortmund who are also reportedly chasing the Athletico Madrid defender’s signature.
Meanwhile, The Metro reports that City are ready to move for Adil Rami of Valencia in January after the 27-year-old was transfer listed by Valencia since falling out with coach Miroslav Djukic in the Spanish capital.
In other news, former City boss Roberto Mancini has ‘warned’ former City striker Mario Balotelli to ‘curb his temper’ following the Italian youngster’s three-match ban following his sending off for decent in AC Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Napoli.
“There is only one way to end this and that is for Mario to learn to resist those anger attacks," Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He must break that spiral. If word spread that he no longer reacted to that, then he would not be a target.”
Finally, BBC presenter Gary Lineker has predicted City will win the title ahead of United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this term but the former England striker also believes the title race will be blown wide open.
“With Manchester United changing things so much, City having a new manager, Jose back at Chelsea, the huge changes at Spurs, [Mesut] Ozil coming in at Arsenal, even Liverpool making a resurgence, I think it could well be the most open season in years,” he explained.
“If I had to stake my life on it, I would go Manchester City."