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Manchester City’s John Stones to cut short holiday to help Premier League title defence

John Stones admitted without the leadership at Man City from Pep Guardiola, he wouldn’t be in the England set-up at the World Cup. John Stones says England are well aware Diego Maradona isn’t the Three Lions’ biggest fan. England may have their eyes set on Sweden, but John Stones still can’t get over Colombia’s aggression from the Three Lions’ historic penalty shootout win. John Stones is ready to cut short his summer break to start work early on Manchester City’s title defence. City’s World Cup players have been given at least four weeks off with none of those involved at Russia — including Ilkay Gundogan, who was knocked out at the group stage, set to be part of the preseason International Champions Cup in the United States. And with ...

Manchester City furious with Napoli over Jorginho deal with Chelsea – sources

After finally sealing a move to Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez says he has to perform and show that can play at the top level. Riyad Mahrez cost Manchester City a club-record transfer fee, but the FC crew disagree about how the former Leicester star will fit into City’s XI. Manchester City are unlikely to do business with Napoli again after they pulled out of an agreement for midfielder Jorginho, sources have told ESPN FC. The Italy international was a top target for Pep Guardiola but has now joined Chelsea on a five-year deal worth around €60 million. City believe that Jorginho, 26, preferred a switch to the Premier League champions despite claims from Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis that he would rather move to London. As recently as Thursday, Jorginho told City that he prefer...

Mahrez: Signing for Man City is a big step for me

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Chelsea, not Man City, nearing deal with Jorginho – Napoli chief

Gab Marcotti discusses the latest developments in the Conte-Sarri saga and what’s keeping the former Napoli manager from moving to Stamford Bridge. Gab Marcotti explains how Chelsea’s managerial situation will play into Eden Hazard’s decision to stay at Stamford Bridge or leave for Real Madrid. The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Chelsea are close to completing a €65 million (£57.5m) combined deal to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and sign Italy international midfielder Jorginho, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said. Sarri has been Chelsea’s top choice to replace Antonio Conte for months and they have been trying to extricate the 59-year-old ...

Pep Guardiola meets Melbourne City

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Manchester City target Jorginho omitted from Napoli squad, transfer nears

ESPN FC’s Ligue 1 correspondent Julien Laurens shares his thoughts on Manchester United and Manchester City’s links with PSG forward Kylian Mbappe. Bacary Sagna thinks Manchester City can match Barcelona if players stay together. The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Man City’s Vincent Kompany tells Alexis Nunes how their record-breaking season came together, what it’s like working under Pep Guardiola and more. Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level. Jorginho’s transfer to Manchester City has moved a step closer after he was omitted from the list of players new...

Pep Guardiola was ‘killing’ Yaya Toure’s career – Eboue

Former Ivory Coast and Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is happy to see midfielder and countryman Yaya Toure leave Manchester City, saying manager Pep Guardiola was ‘killing’ Toure’s career. Toure was one of the Premier League champions’ most influential players after joining the club from Barcelona in 2010. The now-34-year-old played a key role in City’s League title successes of 2012 and 2014. But he did not play a significant role last season because he had fallen down the pecking order, making only 16 appearances after signing a one-year contract extension. In May, Guardiola confirmed Toure would be leaving the club. Eboue, who was in Uganda on outreach visits to various football academies, told KweséESPN in Kampala: “As a player, there is a time you ...

Premier League fixtures: Arsenal’s tough start, New Year battle for Liverpool, City

ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater. The game never stops. Planet football may be gripped by the World Cup but fixtures for the new Premier League season are out as well. In ascending order of importance, ESPN FC’s club correspondents rank their team’s five key fixtures ahead of the new campaign. – Full list of all the Premier League fixtures– Make your picks with ESPN FC Match Predictor 2018!– Fixtures, results and full coverage– Team-by-team previews of all 32 nations ARSENAL (Mattias Karen) vs. Manchester City (H), Aug. 11, 2018: Unai Emery’s first game in charge could not be much tougher, against the champions, but his team must show right away they can ...

Man City can emulate Barcelona dominance under Pep Guardiola – Bacary Sagna

LONDON — Manchester City can emulate Barcelona’s level of dominance under Pep Guardiola in the next few years if they keep the core of their team together, according to former City defender Bacary Sagna. Guardiola led City to the Premier League title in historic fashion this season, breaking competition records for most points, most wins, most goals scored, biggest margin of victory and biggest goal difference — though they exited the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage to Liverpool. Sagna, who played under Guardiola for one year before being released in the summer of 2017, believes it is only a matter of time before City make their presence felt in Europe in a similar manner to the great Barcelona teams that won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011. “They&#...

Pep Guardiola hits back at Yaya Toure claim: ‘It’s a lie and he knows it’

Yaya Toure claims he will play for 1 pound a week to prove Pep Guardiola wrong, but Steve Nicol thinks his antics will make top clubs stay away. Kevin De Bruyne defends Pep Guardiola by saying he has never seen anything racist at Man City, suggesting Yaya Toure’s release may have been down to his fitness. The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has branded Yaya Toure a liar after the former Manchester City midfielder accused the manager of being “cruel to him” and having “problems with African players.” Speaking earlier this week, Toure, who was released by City at the end of the season after spending eight years with the Premier League champions, ...

Manchester City baulk at £60m asking price for Napoli’s Jorginho – sources

The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Manchester City are prepared to switch their top midfield target unless Napoli lower their asking price for Jorginho, sources have told ESPN FC. City have scouted three potential signings for the holding midfield role with Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Southampton’s Mario Lemina seen as potential alternatives. Pep Guardiola wants to bring in two new signings this summer and identified Italy international Jorginho, 26, as a replacement for Yaya Toure, who left at the end of the season. Sources have told ESPN FC that City have had one bid rejected by the Serie A side with president Aurelio De Laurentiis holding out for around £60 million. D...

Manchester City balk at £60m asking price for Napoli’s Jorginho – sources

The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Manchester City are prepared to switch their top midfield target unless Napoli lower their asking price for Jorginho, sources have told ESPN FC. City have scouted three potential signings for the holding midfield role with Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Southampton’s Mario Lemina seen as potential alternatives. Pep Guardiola wants to bring in two new signings this summer and identified Italy international Jorginho, 26, as a replacement for Yaya Toure, who left at the end of the season. Sources have told ESPN FC that City have had one bid rejected by the Serie A side with president Aurelio De Laurentiis holding out for around £60 million. D...