Manchester City latest: Spanish pair’s vital role in striker move; rival praises Hart

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Manchester City’s Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain played vital roles in the transfer of David Villa to New York City according to the Guardian.

The report claims the Blues CEO and director of football reportedly advised NYCFC’s sporting director Claudio Reyna as the move was finalised.

With Villa’s first competitive match for his new club not until March 2015, there have been suggestions he could move to a club on loan prior to his New York City debut. But despite suggestions it could be City, they surely have enough strikers already at their disposal.

In other news, Joe Hart has been hailed by his England teammate and fellow goalkeeper Ben Foster.

In quotes published by the Daily Star, the West Bromwich Albion ‘keeper said Hart was one of the best in the game.

“(Manuel) Neuer is one of the best but even then I’d put Harty up there,” Foster said.

“His ability is obvious for everyone to see, not just on the pitch on a match-day, but for everything else he brings, in training, in the changing room.”

Hart and Foster will both be hoping for a successful summer as Roy Hodgson’s men head to Brazil.

Speaking of which, James Milner has been talking to the FA’s official website about the impending World Cup.

The City midfielder has been linked with the Etihad exit this summer, but for now he has only one thing on his mind.

Speaking about the heat England are set to face in both Miami and then at the tournament itself, Milner said, “The main thing is to be around the humidity.

“I think we’ve made progress. We have left no stone unturned. Preparation has been very good.”

But has it been good enough? We will see when England kick-off against Italy a week on Saturday.

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