The Chairman of Manchester City, HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has spoken at length about City’s recent season and taken a look to the future – which he describes as being “very exciting and very entertaining” and that more trophies are on the horizon.
One of the topics he touched on was the speculation around the future of Sergio Aguero, insisting that the striker is going nowhere.
He said Manchester City owner, H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is always involved with the major decisions from the very start and that everyone is highly confident the club is going in the right direction.
HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “We are truly going in a direction that is positive and we are very excited about how we are developing as a team. Pep [Guardiola] has taken the squad and started going through that natural cycle of development.
Manchester City FC has, once again, qualified for the UEFA Champions League with a third place finish in the English Premier League.
However, he added: “There is nothing more annoying than being congratulated on third I have to say that. I would like to be only congratulated on winning the league.”
When it comes to new player signings, Manchester City has already added Bernardo Silva from Monaco and HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak said they have a clear direction on other new recruits.
Al Mubarak continued to say: “That area is a continuous conversation with HH Sheikh Mansour and is always ongoing.”
The full season in review video can be found at www.mancity.com
Joe Hart faces an uncertain future with Manchester City after returning from a year with Torino as the Premier League club reportedly negotiate the world-record capture of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.
Media reports in England and across Europe suggest Pep Guardiola’s City, who finished third in the domestic league, are in talks to sign 23-year-old keeper Ederson for £34.9million.
On Sunday the Brazilian admitted he had “probably” played his last game for Benfica, hours after clinching a campaign double with victory in the Portuguese Cup, while over in Italy England stopper Hart represented Torino for the last time.
After conceding three goals in the final game of his loan spell, a 5-3 home victory over Sassuolo, Hart bid farewell to the Torino fans. He will not return to Turin as the Serie A club cannot afford him.
Hart returns to the Etihad Stadium unsure what City boss Guardiola has planned for him.
Grazie Torino, sono orgoglioso di aver giocato per la tua Grande Squadra. Non dimenticherò mai il modo in cui avete accolto me e la mia famiglia. Sarò un tifoso del Torino per sempre, per il resto dei miei giorni. Ho incontrato tante persone veramente speciali e questa è stata una delle più splendide esperienze della mia vita. Per adesso è solo un arrivederci, perché tornerò per vedervi ed incontrarvi tutti. Vi auguro una estate eccezionale, mi mancherete! #forzatoro #kaammoonnnn Thank you Torino.... I am so proud to have played for your special football club. The way you have treated me and my family is something that we will never forget. I will forever support Torino for the rest of my days. I have met so many special people and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will come back to see you all one day so it is bye for now, enjoy an amazing summer #❤️Manchester
Claudio Bravo endured a shaky start to life in England following his summer switch from Barcelona and while Willy Caballero has been released, the potential capture of Ederson could isolate Hart.
The 70-time England international is in the 25-man squad to face Scotland and France in the next eight days and will face a battle to convince Guardiola he can reclaim the number-one jersey at City.
While Caballero, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Bakary Sagna are confirmed to be on their way out of the Etihad, Spanish striker Nolito hinted he could return to his homeland after a disappointing year.
He told Tiempo de Juego on Sunday: “We will see what happens, I would like to go back to Spain, honestly, but it depends on City. I have a contract for two years and we will see what happens.”
Manchester City are poised to break the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper with Benfica’s Ederson closing in on a switch to the Etihad Stadium.
The Brazilian goalkeeper admitted he has “probably” played his last match for the Portuguese giants with Pep Guardiola hoping to tie up £34.9 million (Dh164.5m) deal, one which would eclipse the £32.6m (Dh153.6m) paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
BREAKING: Benfica goalkeeper Ederson due in Manchester today for talks ahead of Man City medical on Tuesday, Sky sources understand #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 29, 2017
The 23-year-old, who won a Portuguese league and cup double this season, is reportedly heading to Manchester for talks ahead of a medical tomorrow and will join former Monaco winger Bernardo Silva in completing a summer switch to City, who are rebuilding after finishing third in the Premier League.
When asked about City’s interest – cited in the Manchester Evening News and by national newspapers – following Benfica’s 2-1 cup final victory over Vitoria de Guimaraes on Sunday night, the keeper told Portuguese newspaper Record: “I still do not know, but this was probably my last match with Benfica.”
Pep Guardiola is looking for alternative options between the sticks after deciding to let Willy Caballero leave at the end of his contract.
Claudio Bravo has endured a shaky first season in England following his move from Barcelona while Joe Hart’s future is uncertain as he completes a loan spell at Torino.
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