Aug 10, 2017

Manchester City round-up: Hope in Sanchez pursuit; midfielder set for Turkey switch; Tottenham defender praises Guardiola

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All hope might not be lost just yet in Manchester City’s ongoing pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, with the Mirror claiming that Arsenal are fearing the Chilean could try and leave the club again next month.

Reports from the Mirror had claimed just last week that the 28-year-old was starting to accept Arsene Wenger’s stance on forcing him to see out his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

But it was announced yesterday by Wenger that Sanchez will miss the Gunners’ first two Premier League matches against Leicester City and Stoke City through an abdominal injury, and it is thought that he could be spending his time away from a football pitch further considering an Emirates exit.

This gives a slight glimmer of hope to City boss Pep Guardiola, but the Arsenal boss remained unmoved when faced with questions on Sanchez at Wednesday’s press conference. Wenger said: “[When asked about Sanchez’s contract situation] All is possible you know.

“When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn’t do it, but we are not there yet. I can’t tell you [if any offers have been made] at the moment. I just think we are not open – what I said to you many times – to any offers.”

In other news, the Daily Mail allege that Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor are preparing a bit for outcast Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri.

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The 30-year-old midfielder was sent out on-loan to La Liga side Sevilla last season after being deemed surplus to requirements by Guardiola, but they opted not to make the deal permanent.

And it’s now thought that, with little interest coming from elsewhere, Nasri will have little choice but to make the switch to Turkey in order to continue playing first-team football.

Lastly, Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose has praised the impact that Pep Guardiola has had at the Etihad since taking charge last summer, admitting he finds himself ‘in awe’ of the Citizens.

The 27-year-old – who has been side-lined through a knee injury since January – was talking in an incredibly open and extensive interview with The Sun, and he claims City have impressed him a lot.

Talking about Tottenham’s top-flight rivals, Rose said: “I know it was only pre-season but I watched the game against City and I was just in awe. And they only had Kyle Walker, Danilo and the goalkeeper Ederson out of the players they’ve just bought.

“Speaking to some lads when they got back, they’re saying: ‘City are taking off £200million and then they are bringing on [Sergio] Aguero, [Yaya] Toure and [Leroy] Sane’. That speaks volumes to me.”

Despite missing just under half of the Premier League season Rose was still named in the PFA team of the year for the second season running, with the England international set to return next month.

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