Manchester City latest: Boss hints at more new contracts; Newcastle team news

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been speaking ahead of the new Premier League season, and he revealed that other players could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sergio Aguero in agreeing new contracts.

In quotes published by the Manchester Evening News, the Chilean said, “I think it is very important for the club to retain the best players.

“I think it is also important for the club that they want to stay here because they are working very well and this is a club that has a lot of ambition for the future.

“They understand that, and maybe you will know in the next few days about other players who extend their contracts.”

It is believed that Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart could be among those set to extend their stays at the Etihad Stadium.

In other news, Yaya Toure believes the time has come for City to make their mark in the Champions League.

Speaking to Sky Sports as another season of European competition approaches, the Ivory Coast midfielder revealed the stage of the Champions League he and his colleagues should be targeting.

“It is important we do better than last year and try to make the quarter-finals,” he said.

Considering the players at Pellegrini’s disposal, that is certainly possible, but given the other sides in the competition it will be anything but easy.

And finally, City have received a boost of sorts heading into their opening league match against Newcastle United on Sunday.

As reported by the Shields Gazette, both Cheik Tiote and Siem de Jong have been ruled out for the Magpies.

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