With the dust now starting to settle after a frantic summer transfer window, West Brom defender Jonny Evans has opened up after his potential move to Manchester City fell through on deadline day.
The Blues had an initial £18 million bid rejected a few days before the deadline but, despite it being thought that they would submit an improved offer, it all went quiet and a move failed to materialise.
Evans’ Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill has told the Irish Sun that the 29-year-old defender isn’t downbeat after seeing the move collapse following a one-on-one discussion with him.
O’Neill said: “Certain things turn certain players but not Jonny. We had a chat on Friday morning and to be honest there was a sense of relief.
“His focus is on Northern Ireland, his focus will revert to West Brom when he goes back. He’s fine to deal with all of that and it comes from his intelligence on and off the pitch. He never gets too carried away and he is very balanced. I don’t have any concerns about how he will perform.”
Evans has played an integral role in Northern Ireland’s surprising 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign to date, scoring in a 2-0 win over Czech Republic last night that secured second spot and a likely play-off.
In other news, the Daily Mail report that Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva is to undergo talks over a contract extension as Pep Guardiola looks to tie down one of his vital players.
Reports from Spanish outlet El Gol Digital last month had claimed that Silva would refuse any negotiations on his current deal, which runs out in June 2019, in favour of a move to La Liga side Las Palmas.
However, a return to his hometown team could be put on hold for another year, with fresh reports alleging that the 31-year-old playmaker is considering extending his contract at the Etihad Stadium by another year.
Silva has been an integral part of Guardiola’s first season in England, only missing four Premier League matches last time out, and it’s thought that the City boss holds the Spaniard in high regard in his squad.
Lastly, Raheem Sterling has been announced as Manchester City’s Player of the Month for August following his influential displays in the opening three matches of the new Premier League campaign.
The England international scored two crucial goals last month, netting a late equaliser against Everton to earn ten-man City a point before scoring an even later goal to secure all three points at Bournemouth.
His 97th minute effort against the Cherries last time out was steeped in controversy though, with Sterling sent off for a second yellow after running and celebrating his winner with the Manchester City fans.
To win the award – which was announced on Manchester City’s official website earlier today – he fought off competition from fellow midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.