Manchester City weekend round-up: Real and Barca stars linked; Nasri praises boss

Messi in Barcelona away shirt

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

With no top flight domestic football to entertain them over the last couple of days, Manchester City fans had to make do with a new round of transfer rumours.

The Sunday People reported that City were hoping to take advantage of reported unrest on the part of Sergio Ramos, and bring him from Real Madrid to the Etihad.

However, the report contains holes you can see from space, not least the claim that Ramos is upset at not being played as a centre-back, despite the fact he has appeared there for much of this season.

For that reason – among others – this particular story found its way into our Transfer Bin earlier today.

Then again, that is nothing compared to the claim by the Daily Mail’s ‘Football Grapevine’ that Lionel Messi could be a realistic target for City after the World Cup.

Rob Shepherd writes that the apparent pressure on Messi at current club Barcelona could see him move during the summer.  And while Financial Fair Play could scupper any switch to the Etihad, a complicated financial package is already being worked on by a number of super agents…who I assume are like normal agents but they where capes.

In other news, Samir Nasri has praised City manager Manuel Pellegrini for his return to form.

In quotes published by Sky Sports, the Frenchman said, “I’m in a better place and that’s what I want.

He (Pellegrini) does remind me of Arsene (Wenger) in respect of the way he works.

I feel that he trusts me and that he gives me responsibilities on the pitch. When you have a manager like that, you want to repay that sort of faith, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

And finally, former City player Gary Owen believes his old club have not always been rewarded for their good performances this season.

Writing for the Manchester Evening News, Owen claimed, “We’re dominating games but not getting the win away from home.

In terms of a solution, it’s not a case of changing like for like. We need to put pressure on the opposition when we get a breakthrough, but we have all the tools already to do that.”

If City can take their home form on the road, there will be few teams who get the better of them this campaign. But as they have already discovered, that is easier said than done.

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