Manchester City is ready to splash out €45 million in order to sign Eliaqium Mangala and Fernando from FC Porto even though they have already received notifications from UEFA’s club financial board stating that the team of Manuel Pellegrini is one of the clubs which is being investigated for having breached the Financial Fair Play rules.
After Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now Eden Hazard has also declared Manchester City the strongest contender to win the Premier League title.
Although it’s not the Citizens who are at the top of the Premier League table at the moment but, Hazard believes they are the most likely to be there at the end of the season.
The French defender Gael Clichy played with Arsenal for 8 years until he completed a switch to Manchester City where he is now allocated and is confident that they will only get better with the new managers and new players that might be arriving in January.
He told the club's official website: "We know what we have to do, to do our own thing and try not to lose points at home. Taking game after game will be a key point for us and hopefully we can now improve our away record’’.
France made up from their 1st leg match against Ukraine that saw the French team losing 2-0 but weeks later they secured their place into the 2014 World Cup in a dramatic 2nd leg in which France won 3-0.
Unfortunately for Gael Clichy he is nothing more than a substitute player for Didier Deschamps who prefers choosing Eric Abidal and Mamadou Sakho ahead of the Manchester City player and even with his club he has not made any significant impact that can permanently secure his position in the Premier League club as he plays in 1 match and the next week is he is being sidelined.
Premier League giants Manchester City hasn’t been having the best of seasons so far, sitting at seventh in the table with sixteen from their opening nine games, just ahead of fierce neighbors and rivals Manchester United. And their woes have been compounded with news coming in that star defender and influential skipper Vincent Kompany set to miss the 2012 champions’ next three games due to an injury.
Reports emerging from the Spanish media have suggest Catalan giants Barcelona are readying a move for Manchester City’s young midfield starlet Denis Suarez after the youngster caught the eyes of the club’s management during the recently concluded FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Gael Clichy has said that the last season was one of the worst for Manchester City because they failed to win any title.
Manchester City had entered the last season as defending Premier League Champions and the expectations were high from them, but, they couldn’t live up to it.
They were knocked out from the first phase of the Champions League. In the Premier League, they ended at no. 2 in the points table with only 78 points in 38 matches and then, in the final of the FA Cup, they were defeated by Wigan Athletic by 0-1.
There have been a lot of questions asked about the future of the Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but the assistant manager at the club David Platt feels that the Italian is the right manager for the club. Mancini is widely expected to lose his job if City fail to win the FA Cup this season.
The club are already 15 points behind the archrivals Manchester United with no hope of retaining the Premier league title. Even though Mancini has managed to guide City to 2 trophies in the last three seasons, many feel that his time at the Etihad stadium is up.
Manchester City has defeated Watford in a FA Cup match played at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. City won the match quite comfortably by 3-0. With this win, City has made its way into the fourth round of the competition.
Mario Balotelli was left out of the starting line up after his animated conversation with the manager Roberto Mancini while training. Carlos Tevez made a comeback to the starting XI.
On the other hand, the manager of Watford, Gianfranco Zola, made a couple of changes in the starting line up. Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra were given the opportunity to start.
The French left back Gareth Clichy has emerged as a major doubt for the crunch Champions League match with Real Madrid in the midweek action for Manchester City.
The Premier league champions face a tough fight in order to qualify for the next stage of the competition. They have never qualified for the last 16 stage having been knocked out in the group stages last season as well.