Jesus returns to training

Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus boosted Manchester City’s trophy hopes as he returned to training earlier than expected on his 20th birthday, the club revealed on its website.

The striker — who joined City in the January transfer window after they paid Palmeiras an initial £27 million ($33 million, 31 million euros) — made a sensational start to his English career with three goals in five matches.

His hot streak was stopped in its tracks when he broke a bone in his foot against Bournemouth in mid-February — he was expected to be out for between two and three months.

“The early prognosis (of the injury) suggesting he could be out until the end of the season.

“He recently began working in the gym in a bid to keep his fitness levels high -– and this afternoon, on his 20th birthday, he returned to the training field just seven weeks after his initial setback.

“And although he didn’t take part in full training, focusing instead on some light ball work, it’s a sight City fans will nonetheless have been pleased to see

“We wish Gabriel well in his continued recovery and hope to see him back in a blue shirt as soon as possible.”

His return comes at a timely moment for City manager Pep Guardiola, who is desperate to maintain his record of never going trophyless through a season with any club he has managed.

City’s best hopes of ensuring that proud record stands is perhaps in the FA Cup where they face Arsenal in the semi-finals later this month. In the league they are 11 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.


Source: The Guardian

Manchester City Fined £35,000 By English FA

Manchester City have been fined £35,000 by the English Football Association.

City were penalised for their players’ behaviour during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on March 19.

The club admitted to a misconduct charge for failing to ensure that their players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.


It followed an incident “in or around the 50th minute”, when referee Michael Oliver awarded Liverpool a penalty.

James Milner scored from the spot, with Sergio Aguero equalising on 69 minutes.

Both Gael Clichy, who was penalised for a raised boot on Roberto Firmino, and David Silva were booked after Oliver pointed to the spot.


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Yaya Toure may leave Manchester City for Manchester United – Agent

Yaya Toure would consider a shock move to Manchester United if he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season, according to the Ivory Coast midfielder’s agent.

Toure is out of contract once the current campaign is over and his representative Dimitri Seluk has started talks with interested clubs.

The 33-year-old has had a stormy relationship with City boss Pep Guardiola and was surprisingly left on the bench for his team’s Champions League last 16 second leg defeat at Monaco on Wednesday.

Asked if he would be interested in United, Seluk told Sky Sports News: “Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.

“I understand this is two clubs who are rivals but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me. This problem will be from Manchester City staff.”

Toure was frozen out by Guardiola earlier in the season after a row between the manager and Seluk, before the situation was resolved in November.

Guardiola has previously said contract matters will be dealt with at the end of the season, but Seluk says there is no guarantee Toure won’t have agreed a deal with another team by then.

“Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don’t speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries – Italy and Spain,” he said.

“I said to Manchester City that we will start negotiations with other clubs about the future of Yaya. After that, if Manchester City want, they can start negotiations. If they don’t want then we will find another club.

“Yaya can, tomorrow, sign a contract with another club and after that for Manchester City it is too late.

“From yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future.

“We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don’t say anything. Before March, we didn’t negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited.

“But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June, and have no negotiations with anybody.”


Source: AFP

“I don’t know when Jesus will return” – Man City Boss, Pep Guardiola admits.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has expressed uncertainty over the injury of Gabriel Jesus even though, Pep Guardiola is confident Gabriel Jesus’ injury will not rob Manchester City of their momentum.

City’s have found greater consistency in recent weeks with new signing Jesus at the heart of their improved form.

But the impressive 19-year-old, who has scored three goals in five appearances, now faces up to three months out after breaking his foot in Monday’s Premier League victory at Bournemouth.

Manager Guardiola said: “We played Tottenham without Gabriel and we played really good against one of the best teams in the Premier League. We did very good things with Gabriel but also without him.

“So I am sad and also I am sad for him. Like (Ilkay) Gundogan, we miss them a lot, it’s tough for them.

“But we had seven strikers, we are going to use another one and of course Sergio (Aguero) will be so important for us.”

Jesus is now in Barcelona having been operated on by renowned surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat.

There is a possibility the youngster could be back in action before the end of the season but Guardiola admits he is unsure.

He said: “He comes back when he is fit, I don’t know, at the end of the season or next season. People say between two and three months.”

Yaya Toure explains why he’s not keen on playing in China

Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.


Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.


With his contract up at the end of the season, the former Ivory Coast midfielder faces an uncertain future, but he says he has no interest in joining the likes of Oscar and Carlos Tevez in China.


“I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there,” Toure said, in comments carried by several British newspapers on Tuesday.


“Do you play football because you love football or do you play because you want to make money? What’s the purpose?


“Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it, I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams. I want to carry on in that way.


“Some people have the mentality that they want to do that, to try something different, but for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.”


Toure was frozen out following Pep Guardiola’s arrival as City manager last year, but has since forced his way back into the team.

Yaya Toure Refuses China’s Big Offer A Second Time

Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has rejected a £430,000-a-week offer from China for the second time.


The 33-year-old was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer as he decided against his transfer.


He gave the same response when he was recently contacted that the offer remained open during the current transfer window.


The future of the Ivorian, whose contract with Manchester City expires in the summer, appeared in doubt, as he was left out of the City squd at the start of the season.


However, he has been a regular for the club since he was recalled in November.


Toure has been free to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs overseas since January 1, but it seems he prefers to play in the Premier League.


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Transfer news: Manchester City seeks Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly made a personal phone call to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez’ in a bid to lure the Chilean away from the the Emirates.

According to Chilean publication El Mercurio, Pep Guardiola made a personal call to the former Barcelona man who hit a hat-trick to inspire the Gunners to a 5-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday in a bid to convince the Arsenal star to join him at Manchester City.

Sanchez has been in discussions to extend his stay at the Emirates, with his current deal running out in 2018. The report details how Pep has spoken with the player on at least two occasions with a view to signing the 27-year-old.

It is a tactic that the former Bayern coach used to convince Claudio Bravo to join him and replace Joe Hart in goal, according to the report.

Sanchez has been in blistering form for Arsene Wenger’s side this term after being shifted into a centre-forward role.

Sanchez who since his departure from Camp Nou in 2014 won the FA Cup with the Gunners and also inspired Chile to two Copa America triumphs has now scored 11 league goals already this term, to tie Diego Costa for the league top goal scorer and has amassed a further five assists.

Premier League: I made a mistake in freezing Yaya Toure out – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted he may have made a big mistake in freezing Yaya Toure out of the team.


Toure scored a match-winning brace, as City defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday, after being left out for almost three months by the Spaniard.


The Ivorian midfielder will be unavailable when Guardiola travels with his team to face Borussia Mochengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, as he was excluded from the squad for the competition.


“I’m here to take decisions. Maybe I make mistakes, but I have to take decisions and I respect that all the people cannot agree with me. That happened,” Guardiola said.


“I spoke in the last month, many times with Yaya because he was my player with Barcelona, I know him very well. So I know how he is like a player.


“As a player there is no doubt — if there was a doubt he would not be here. He is another guy to compete with our midfield players and increase our level.”