Daily Archives: September 26, 2016

Manchester City’s bid for Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci denied

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Serie A champions Juventus has refuse to entertain Manchester City’s bid for their star defender Leonardo Bonucci.

The Italian centre-back was heavily linked with a move to The Etihad before new manager Pep Guardiola signed John Stones for £47.5 million last month.Guardiola himself had described Bonucci as “one of my favourite ever players” earlier this year.

Now, amidst concerns for City captain Vincent Kompany’s fitness, reports that link the club with a move for the 29-year-old had resurfaced.

But speaking ahead of Juventus’ game against Palermo on Sunday, Juventus club director Giuseppe Marotta claimed that there were no contact from Manchester City.

“No, that’s not what I heard,” he said. “Right now, no players would be transferable anyway and we haven’t received any offers.”

Bouncci had also admitted previously that he could be tempted by a transfer to City especially after Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad.

“I did give it some thought,” he said. “Guardiola’s insistence destabilised me a little. I did not speak to Pep directly, it was just an exchange of thoughts with my agent.”

“It was tempting, but I decided to follow my heart in the end.”

Borussia Dortmund pokes fun of Real Madrid’s “yellow fever”

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Borussia Dortmund has poked fun of Real Madrid’s recent struggles against teams that wear yellow kits.

Ahead of their Champions League midweek clash in Group F, the German giants engaged in a humourous act of pre-match banter against the Champions League winners on Twitter.

The taunt was aimed at Real Madrid’s recent struggles against Villareal and Las Palmas. Both matches had ended in draws for Real, which saw their lead on top of La Liga cut down to just one point.

With both stalemates coming against sides who, like Dortmund, play in yellow, the Bundesliga outfit on Sunday took the opportunity for a cheeky quip referencing that fact.

“You’re having a hard time playing teams that wear yellow, do you Real Madrid?” tweeted Borussia on their official account.

While Los Blancos chose not to reply, Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon did – with a tweet alluding to the narrow nature of their defeat to Los Blancos in the sides’ European opener earlier this month.

“And green as well!” chipped in Sporting’s social community managers, before adding: “Best of luck to you both!”

 

Raheem Sterling to step up in De Bruyne absence

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tipped Raheem Sterling to step up in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne limped out of a pitch after picking up an injury in City’s 3-1 victory against Swansea City last weekend.

Scans had since revealed that the 25-year-old had a muscle tear in his hamstring, as he travels to Barcelona for further scans.

The injury would rule him out of rule him out of a Champions League tie at Celtic mid-week, Sunday’s top-of-the-table match at Tottenham Hotspur and the fixture against Everton after the international break, with the Champions League game against Barcelona on 19 October penciled in for his return.

Guardiola admitted that the Belgian’s injury could be a blow to his side, but also that Raheem Sterling – who scored his fourth goal for City against Swansea – can fill the gap left by De Bruyne.

“Kevin is not going to play the next games and now we need to keep going and win the games without him. We have to do that,” he said.

“Raheem feels that. He feels that his team-mates appreciate his efforts – the staff, the coaches – we are so happy about what he has.”

“But again this is only September. I would like to be in May with one game left but we are in September and we have only played six games. We have a lot of games to play.”

City visits Celtic as the Manchester club aims to secure their 11th successive competitive victory under Guardiola.