Wilfried Bony desperate to prove himself at Manchester City

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Wilfried Bony believes he could still have a future at Manchester City.

The Ivory Coast forward struggled to make an impact after joining City in January 2015 and spent last season on loan at Stoke.

It was expected the 28-year-old would move on again this summer but he wants to prove his worth to manager Pep Guardiola.

Bony moved to City in a £25million deal after scoring 25 goals in 54 Premier League games for Swansea and believes he can get back to that form.

Bony told Sky Sports News HQ: “I love the club, I love the fans. I want to try to show that Wilfried Bony is still the same player.

“I’ve been through a difficult time – (but from) leading the goalscoring two years ago, it’s still me, nothing has changed, just a difficult time. I just want to show them I can do more than that, so I just need to get myself ready.”

Bony, who was speaking at the launch of a record label to raise money for children’s charities, scored just two goals in 11 appearances for Stoke last season.

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Liverpool likely to escape punishment for alleged tapping up of Southampton star Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool are set to escape punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Saints reported the Reds to the Premier League after numerous reports emerged suggesting the Holland international had decided he wanted to join Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, with no bid made, Southampton took their grievance to the authorities, prompting an immediate apology from Liverpool – accepted by the south-coast side – and a commitment to end their interest in the centre-back.

A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton’s claim.

Press Association Sport understands unless new information comes to light there will not be any more progress with the inquiry, effectively allowing Liverpool to avoid a sanction.

Liverpool’s players return from their summer breaks to start pre-season next week but striker Danny Ings is already ahead of them having been working on his own at Melwood.

The 24-year-old has made just 11 appearances since his £8million move from Burnley in 2015 after missing the majority of his two seasons at the club with serious knee injuries.

In October 2015, in his first training session with then new manager Jurgen Klopp, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee which ruled him out for seven months.

Almost a year later he sustained ligament damage to his right knee in the EFL Cup tie against Tottenham at Anfield and has not featured since.

Ings, who posted a video on Instagram of him training on his own, has been regularly attending Melwood since the end of the season in a bid to get his fitness up ready for pre-season.

Source: Press Association Sport

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El-Hadji Diouf slams former team-mate Steven Gerrard in new book and compares himself to legendary Diego Maradona

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Heated: Diouf and Gerrard didn't see eye-to-eye.

Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former captain Steven Gerrard after claiming the midfielder “did nothing for his country”.

The ex- Senegal international, whose dire spell at Anfield saw him score just six goals in 80 appearances, has history with Gerrard stretching back to 2007 when the Reds skipper criticised him in his autobiography.

Diouf has since launched regular attacks, with his latest claiming he is “bigger” than his former captain.

“I have no problem with him. He is a strong character and I am a strong character,” the 36-year-old told the BBC.

“‘Stevie G’ was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool, but he never did anything for his country.

“I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal, but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that.”

Diouf’s stint in English football was controversial.

Diouf is not fondly remembered for his time in British football – he had spells at Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers, Doncaster and Leeds – and is best known for spitting at opponents and, on one occasion, a Celtic fan.

Asked about those incidents he said: “Maybe they used to tell me something I didn’t want to hear. I did that, I paid and now it’s finished.”

The feud between Diouf and Gerrard began a decade ago when Gerrard wrote that he “wasn’t Diouf’s number 1 fan”.

“I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself. His attitude was all wrong,” said Gerrard.

Diouf, who starred for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup – helping the relatively unknown nation reach the last eight of the tournament, also said his achievements with his country were on a par with Diego Maradona’s World Cup-winning exploits in 1986.

The two-time African Player of the Year says that tournament was his career highlight and he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Argentine – particularly after helping his team defeat defending champions France en-route to the quarter-finals.

He said: “We put Senegal on the world map. Before the World Cup nobody knew Senegal, but after the World Cup everybody wanted to know where Senegal was.

“What Maradona did for his country is what I did for Senegal. I was one of the biggest men at the 2002 World Cup.”

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