News, views and rumours relating to Manchester City this morning...
Manchester City take on Aston Villa at Villa Park this weekend following Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s 5-0 victory in the League Cup in midweek.
City are looking for their fourth consecutive win in all competitions at Villa Park on Saturday.
In team news, Pellegrini could name the same starting XI that beat Manchester United in the derby last weekend with Sergio Ageuro and Alvaro Negredo starting up front, whilst Villa boss Paul Lambert is without star striker Christian Benteke for up to six weeks due to a hip injury.
An early predicted line-up is:
Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov; Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri; Aguero, Negredo
City signing striker Alvaro Negredo is ‘happy’ he swapped Sevilla for the Etihad this summer. The 28-year-old Spaniard has made an instant impact with two goals in three appearances so far.
"I was very happy in Seville but I'm pleased with the move I made, I feel good over here and I feel I have adapted well to the English game, I really like it,” he explained.
"It's just what I was expecting - a lot of coming and going, the players have so much quality that they can keep the ball, you have to keep on running.
"It's very intense but I am happy, it's to my tastes and hopefully I will keep getting better," he added.
Negredo also called for City fans to get behind him and call him ‘The Beast’ – his nickname in Sevilla emanating from the working class district Vallecas he grew up in.
“It’s a nickname I like. It was given to me while I was playing in Spain, so I hope the fans can call me that over here as well,” he said.
“Hopefully the way I played against Manchester United in Sunday’s derby will convince them to do it – I will be happy if they do.”
In transfer news, The Express claims City are 'on alert' over Adil Rami following Valencia's decision to transfer list the French defender for speaking out against boss Miroslav Djukic. Reports in Spain claim the 27-year-old is likely to leave Spain in January with City, Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly interested parties.
In other news, City have launched ten foreign-language Twitter accounts, taking another step towards developing a global fanbase.
Supporters will now be able to read tweets from the club in Traditional Chinese, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.