News, views and rumours relating to Manchester City in the past 24 hours.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has rejected the chance to be Brazil boss following the step down of Luiz Felipe Scolari in the aftermath of the host nation’s World Cup downfall.
According to reports, the Chilean coach is committed to the on-going project at City and has no intention of taking on a role as a national team boss.
Manchester City will be one of three teams to be shown most on television next season. Along with Manchester United and Liverpool, the Citizens’ matches will be shown live on either Sky Sports or BT Sport a total of 10 times next term.
City also announced their updated squad numbers for the coming campaign. Summer signing Willy Caballero will wear the number 13, Fernando will wear number 6 and Bacary Sagna will wear number 3.
Of those already at the club, Aleksander Kolarov will switch to number 11, and Karim Rekik will wear number 19.
In transfer news, The Daily Mail suggests City could sell Matija Nastastic in order to bring in Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.
Nastasic has been with City just two years since he signed from Fiorentina but the 21-year-old could be sold to make way for the potential £32 million signing of Mangala at the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini will now have a defensive dilemma with four top centre backs to choose from in the City squad if Mangala comes in – the MEN considers whether it will be Martin Demichelis who will likely be dropped.
City striker Alvaro Negredo insisted he wants to stay at the Etihad, despite rumours linking him with a return to Spain to join Atletico Madrid. The 28-year-old told reporters:
“I don’t want to leave City, I’m very happy and settled here. I had a difficult end to the season and that’s why there’s been a lot of talking. But I’ve been very happy from the first day I arrived.”
In other news, Gary Owen has questioned the fairness of UEFA’s FFP regulations, noting that Manchester United’s announcement of a £750 million sponsorship deal with Adidas is also ‘unfair’ on their rivals.