Manchester City

  • Man City chairman suggests no repeat of ...

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their "high-quality squad" in the off-season. City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola's men delivered in the Prem...

    Man City chairman suggests no repeat of £200m summer spending spree

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their "high-quality squad" in the off-season. City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola's men delivered in the Premier League, winning the title with a record-breaking campaign. But the big-spending outfit are unlikely to repeat that this close-season, with Al Mubarak suggesting there would be more caution about their spending. "In terms of improving the squad, we have had a lot of learning in the past. Today, we have a superbly high-quality squad," he told City TV. "You don't get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad, which is what we have. Any additions have to improve the squad. "This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing in new players is a very important decision because you have a winning formula that has just won. "Whatever you can add, it has to be a decision that you don't take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad - that is key." City claimed 100 points in the Premier League and scored 106 goals, while losing just two of their 38 games. But Al Mubarak said he expected Guardiola's side, who were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals, to get better. "My expectation, and the manager's expectation, is that this team will continue to improve," he said. "We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. "There's not going to be any content or relaxation here, that I can assure you. I have no doubt that this summer we're going to come back and be hungry and be more aggressive and we'll continue to grow and improve."

  • Kompany: 'Intense' Guardiola has record-...

    Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City’s Premier League rivals that the club can take things a step further with “intense” Pep Guardiola at the helm. Domestic dominance was secured in some style by the Blues in 2017-18 as they wrapped up a league and Carabao Cup double. The...

    Kompany: 'Intense' Guardiola has record-breaking Man City ready to go a step further

    Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City’s Premier League rivals that the club can take things a step further with “intense” Pep Guardiola at the helm. Domestic dominance was secured in some style by the Blues in 2017-18 as they wrapped up a league and Carabao Cup double. Their efforts in the English top-flight delivered 100 points, while countless other records were broken over the course of a stunning season. Guardiola has signed up for more, having extended his contract through to 2021, and Kompany believes a side already setting the standard can get even better in the future. City’s long-serving captain told ESPN FC on a demanding manager hungry for more success: "He's quite intense. "He's extremely good at communicating what he wants from his players. And you know, some of the things he says are quite complex, but he makes it simple for everyone to understand. "And with intensity like I said, every single day, whether it's training or a game, it's about winning and about getting better. He has the right group of players together to take it a step further than he even wants next season." Kompany added on a side which ended the current campaign 19 points clear of a chasing pack led by arch-rivals Manchester United: "We have a lot of young guys who are hungry in the team. "Many of them just won their first trophy. But at the same time, it's only their first. With the ability and the talent, we can win a lot more - and that gives me much confidence they'll be able to pick it up again next season." Kompany claims to have never had any doubt that City would set the standard this season, with there a determination on their part to rectify the shortcomings which left Guardiola empty-handed in his debut campaign. "It goes back to the same thing: hard work," the Belgium international defender said. "We've put in so much effort on the pitch and off. We were committed and had a clear vision of what we wanted to accomplish and where we wanted to go. And then sometimes things come together like they did this season. It's a record-breaking season, so it's history for us as well."

  • Man Utd's Herrera claims Man City’s reco...

    Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera believes that Premier League champions Manchester City will not be able to replicate the devastating form the showed this term for another year. City ran away with the title, claiming the crown with five matches to spare and running out...

    Man Utd's Herrera claims Man City’s record-breaking season was a one off

    Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera believes that Premier League champions Manchester City will not be able to replicate the devastating form the showed this term for another year. City ran away with the title, claiming the crown with five matches to spare and running out 19 points clear of the Red Devils, who finished second. He believes it is entirely possible that United can bridge the gap next term – and not just because he is confident that they will improve.  “I think this season was an exception,” he told the Telegraph. “I don’t think the Premier League is going to be like it was this season. Next season I think the champion can be champion with 85, 86 points. “I think this season was an exception. City won six or seven games in the last minutes. I remember West Ham at home, Huddersfield away, Southampton, Bournemouth. "If they draw all those games, maybe the champions would be seven or eight points less. I don’t think next season the champions will be again that far from the second.” Meanwhile, he admits that he is envious to see City and Liverpool - who will contest the Champions League final against Real Madrid next weekend - enjoy such success. “If any player in the world tells you he doesn’t care about what the opponents do he is lying to you,” the Spaniard said. “I cannot lie to you - if I could choose at the beginning of the season who wins the Premier League and who wins the Champions League, if we couldn’t be champions, I wouldn’t tell you Manchester City and Liverpool. "I respect them - I have never hated anyone - but I cannot lie.” Herrera will have his opportunity to get hold of some silverware on Saturday, when Jose Mourinho’s side tackle Chelsea in the FA Cup final - evidence, he says, of the improving fortunes of the Old Trafford club.

  • Martial & Rashford must 'step up' fo...

    Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has urged Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to "step up" and become key players for the club next season. Neither forward has been a consistent starter under manager Jose Mourinho and they scored just 16 goals between them in the Premier Leag...

    Martial & Rashford must 'step up' for Manchester United - Giggs

    Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has urged Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to "step up" and become key players for the club next season. Neither forward has been a consistent starter under manager Jose Mourinho and they scored just 16 goals between them in the Premier League in 2017-18. Martial, in particular, has been linked with a move away from United, with Juventus said to be interested, and Mourinho's displeasure with their performances in the recent loss to Brighton and Hove Albion have fuelled those rumours. Giggs feels they have suffered from competing with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez but he wants them to become key components of an "exciting" United team next season. "As a United fan, I want to see exciting football and Antony Martial and Marcus Rashford are exciting players," he told Sky Sports. "They found it difficult this year with Romelu Lukaku playing centre forward and then with the addition of Alexis Sanchez, there's a lot of options. "What I said when we bought Alexis was that it could only be good to have a quality player coming to add to that competitive edge, so the likes of Martial and Rashford have to step up to be in the first team." United finished 19 points behind champions Manchester City this season but Giggs thinks only one or two clever moves in the transfer market are needed to close the gap to their neighbours. "Overall, United have got a good squad so I think it is probably about making a couple of marquee signings where they are going to really make a difference and bridge that gap with City," he said. "They've got some decent firepower and six or seven options in the centre-half position. Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have done so well, but can they do it over 50 games again and again? They perhaps need strengthening there." Giggs, a 13-time Premier League champion with United, concedes City have had a remarkable season but he does not expect 2018-19 to be so one-sided. "You've got to recognise what City have done this year, they've been quality, but to do it again is going to be difficult," added the Wales boss. "I think we were the last team to defend a Premier League a decade ago, so it proves how difficult it is. Chelsea didn't do it, Leicester City didn't do it and City didn't do it, so it's not easy because everyone wants to beat the champions. "Everyone also knows what City more or less do. Yes, they change their formation and tactics and they've got a great coach, but also the players have got to get back up to that level after a World Cup, so there are a lot of permutations come the first game of next season. "You have to just keep improving and you can't just keep thinking it will be as easy the next season, because it won't be."

  • 'This is hard to take' - Hart breaks sil...

    Joe Hart says his omission from England's final squad for the World Cup has been "hard to take". The 31-year-old was overlooked by boss Gareth Southgate for the final 23-man group, with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope the three goalkeepers included, while Tom Heaton ...

    'This is hard to take' - Hart breaks silence over World Cup snub

    Joe Hart says his omission from England's final squad for the World Cup has been "hard to take". The 31-year-old was overlooked by boss Gareth Southgate for the final 23-man group, with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope the three goalkeepers included, while Tom Heaton is on the standby list. Hart, who has earned 75 senior caps for his country and played in nine of their 10 qualifying matches for Russia 2018, has found it difficult to accept the decision. Writing on his official Instagram page on Friday, he said: "Not going to lie, I'm gutted. After two years of trying to make the most of a really tough situation, this is hard to take. "I'm proud to have put in the graft and play every minute to qualify with the team and have a really important input in that outcome. I know what I bring to the team, but it is what it is. "Good luck to the team out there, the players know that even though I won't be there, I will have my England shirt on as a fan this time and supporting all the way.  "No fear, go and smash it." Missing out on the World Cup is the latest blow in what has been a difficult two years for Hart. Having found himself surplus to Pep Guardiola's requirements after the Catalan's appointment as Manchester City manager, Hart spent 2016-17 on loan at Torino, where he committed a handful of high-profile mistakes.   Not going to lie, I’m gutted. After 2 years of trying to make the most of a really tough situation, this is hard to take. I’m proud to have put in the graft and play every minute to qualify with the team and have a really important input in that outcome. I know what I bring to the team, but it is what it is. Good luck to the team out there, the players know that even though I won’t be there, I will have my England shirt on as a fan this time and supporting all the way. No fear, go and smash it.  and proud x A post shared by Joe Hart (@joehartofficial) on May 18, 2018 at 1:02am PDT He was then signed by West Ham for 2017-18 but only made seven Premier League appearances out of a possible 26 after David Moyes took over as manager in November. Hart, whose City contract expires at the end of next season, is expected to leave either on another loan or a permanent deal in the next transfer window.

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