Manchester City media round-up: Simeone stalling over huge contract offer

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

The Daily Star has reported an exclusive suggesting Diego Simeone wants to become the next manager of Manchester City.

The Argentine coach has reportedly turned down a new deal at Atletico Madrid because he wants to manage in the Premier League.

The paper claims he has an offer in place, which runs until 2022 but is waiting until the end of the season to make his decision.

Manuel Pellegrini has been quoted by the FIFA website suggesting Vincent Kompany will have to fight his way back into the first team.

Kompany’s inconsistency in recent weeks has cost him his position in the starting line-up as City look to chase down Chelsea and retain their title.

He did not start in the 2-0 win against Leicester City last night as City kept up the pressure.

“It was not a difficult decision because we needed to refresh the team and I decided, thinking about a lot of things,” said the manager.

Joe Hart has been quoted by the Daily Mirror suggesting that the players will do everything they can to try and win the league.

Hart has brushed off the criticism the side has received in recent weeks, as City have suffered a couple of defeats which has set them back.

“We'll keep trying to win every game we've got, same as we have done for the past couple of years, when we've been chasing titles and cups,” said the goalkeeper.

The gap to Chelsea is currently five points though the Blues do have a game in hand.

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