Micah Richards

Richards believes Manchester City will benefit after transfer ban is cancelled


Former Manchester City star Micah Richards believes his former club will benefit from the fact that their transfer ban has been voided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Cityzens were banned from participating in European competitions for the next two seasons after UEFA claimed that they had breached the FFP guidelines.

However, the Cityzens appealed against the punishment at the Court of Arbitration of Sport and the verdict came in their favour earlier this week. Speaking to Sky Sports, Richards said that the Cityzens will breathe a sigh of relief following the court decision and they can now focus on extending the contracts of the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and manager Pep Guardiola.

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Joe Cole expects Jack Grealish to shine at any club


Former footballer Joe Cole said that regardless of which team Jack Grealish will shine out on his game. He will be leaving his boyhood club Aston Villa when the current season ends regardless whether the club will be facing relegation or not. Manchester United is the one who has shown more interest in him and the speculations suggest that he will be following Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

Apart from United, there are many clubs which have shown interest in him. But Cole can see Grealish being great in any team he is playing. He believes that the player can deal with the pressure. Cole says that not only in his club career but also in England he can be an exceptional player.

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Toni Kroos dismisses the prospect of joining Manchester City

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has dismissed the possibility of a reunion with manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the finest German midfielders in history and he has been an influential player for Los Blancos since his move from Bayern Munich nearly six years ago.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Kroos was asked about his future and his response was quite clear. The German highlighted that he would prefer to remain with Los Blancos for the remaining three year of his contract, he told: “I definitely plan to be with Real for these three years. Then it is a good time at 33 to question yourself: what does it look like physically, what does motivation look like – I still feel like it to keep going?”

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Sterling says City can have successful season without league title

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has said that the Citizens are on course for a successful season despite the fact that they have not been able to compete with Liverpool for the Premier League crown. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in splendid form throughout the top-flight season and they are currently on course to win the league title with a number of games to spare.

Speaking in an interview, Sterling acknowledged that the Citizens were not consistent enough in the Premier League and credit must go to the Reds, who have been by far the better team in the division, he told: “The Premier League, the bread and butter, fair play to Liverpool they have been better than everyone. I wouldn’t say we gave up – we weren’t consistent enough for long enough. We didn’t purposely give away the title.”

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Joe Hart names the possible successor to David Silva at Manchester City

Former Manchester City star Joe Hart believes Phil Foden has the credentials to succeed David Silva once the latter ends his association with the Premier League holders. Silva has already confirmed that he would be leaving the Citizens at the end of the campaign and this has spread speculation that the reigning champions could pursue a replacement from elsewhere.

However, speaking on Sky Sports, Hart has stated that the Citizens don’t need to look for an outside replacement and believes Foden should be handed with a regular starting spot next term, he told: “We all want to see Phil Foden play, but he doesn’t have to prove anything. He’s got Man City and Pep Guardiola, they believe in him. He doesn’t need to go out and have a season somewhere else and play some sort of different system.

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Loew confirms Ter Stegen and Neuer will play during the international break

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer will play a game each during the forthcoming internationals. Ter Stegen was involved in a public spat with Neuer over the goalkeeping role with Germany last month and it appears that Loew wants to keep both shot-stoppers content with gametime this time around.

Speaking in a press conference, Loew confirmed that the goalkeeping duties would be shared between Ter Stegen and Neuer during the forthcoming internationals against Argentina and Estonia. He added that Neuer still remains the first-choice shot-stopper and captain, and he should start between the sticks during the 2020 European Championship.

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Micah Richards says Wolves and Everton may not make the top six

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton have made meaningful progress over the past year but they may still struggle to make the push for the top six. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said that Wolves have done a great job since returning to the top-flight, but they may struggle during the ongoing campaign with the additional pressure of Europa League games, should they reach the group stage.

He added that the west Midlands outfit have players, who were too good for the Championship but they will have a tough task of making the European qualification spots similar to Everton, he said: “I think Wolves have done a great job. I think the difficulty for them this season is going to be the Europa League. They will be playing a lot of Sunday’s then Thursday’s and it’ll be a lot of travelling. But I think they have been amazing.

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Pep Guardiola has high hopes on club-record signing Rodri

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that midfielder Rodri has the characteristics to become the next Sergio Busquets. The Spain international became the club’s record signing for £62m after making the move from Atletico Madrid and he was recently handed his debut against West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Rodri had a relatively comfortable game where he had no concerns dealing with the threat from the likes of Michail Antonio and following the friendly, Guardiola happened to heap praise on the former Villarreal man, he said:”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time. Rodrigo is tall, which for a short side like ours is very good. He is great at set-pieces but we didn’t buy him for that. [Rodri] is a Spain national team player and there they call him ‘the next Busquets’. I think he is a very good player.”

The Citizens had a comfortable encounter against West Ham United in Nanjing and goals from David Silva, Lukas Nmecha and a brace from Raheem Sterling contributed towards a 4-1 triumph over West Ham United. Next up, the club are scheduled to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final of the friendly competition and they should be fancied to win the trophy, barring a surprise.

Manchester City have placed the emphasis on pursuing young players during the summer transfer window and they have landed Angelino and Zack Steffen in addition to Rodri. Out of the duo, goalkeeper Steffen has been instantly loaned out to Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he has the opportunity to earn European experience after spending his entire career in Major League Soccer. City start their Premier League defence with a game against West Ham United on the road. Prior to that, they have a Community Shield encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to contend with.

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Whelan believes Aston Villa star should be named Player of the Year

Championship pundit Noel Whelan believes Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham should be named the division’s Player of the Year following his standout displays in the club’s shirt. The on-loan Chelsea striker has been hugely influential to the progress to the west Midlands outfit and he has already bagged 25 goals in the club’s push for promotion through the playoffs.

Speaking to the Football Insider, Whelan indicated that Abraham should pip Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki to the Championship Player of the Year accolade, considering he has been the complete centre-forward, he said: “He’s my player of the year. I know Pukki has had a great season but Abraham is the best [striker] in the league and a complete centre-forward.

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Jed Steer on buzzing atmosphere after late win over Sheffield Wednesday

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has revealed that the dressing room has been buzzing following the late triumph over Sheffield Wednesday on the road. The Villains appeared on course for a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Owls at the weekend, but they managed to make a sensational comeback right at the end with both Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham scoring in injury time.

Speaking after the game, Steer was delighted with the eventual outcome of the game and stated that the team will analyse on potential areas where they can improve from the Sheffield trip, he said: “To nick it at the end was great. We were under quite a bit of pressure in that second half. To come away with all three points at the end was brilliant. The dressing room was rocking. We will now analyse it and see where we could have done better but at the end of the day, three points at this stage of the season is massive. The whole dressing room is together. We have a very strong bond as a group.”