Manchester City

  • Former Man City defender Zabaleta announces retirement
    (Reuters): Former Argentina and Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta announced his retirement from football on Friday, bringing an end to his 18-year career. After leaving West Ham United at the end of last season, the 35-year-old right back was linked with a return to Espanyol but has now decided his playing days are over. Zabaleta spent nine years at City after joining from Espanyol in 2008, making 333 appearances and scoring 12 goals to become a crowd favourite at the
  • Man City's De Bruyne to miss Arsenal match
    LONDON, October 16 (Reuters): Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne will miss Saturday's home Premier League game against Arsenal after picking up an injury on international duty with Belgium last weekend, manager Pep Guardiola said. The midfielder was substituted in the second half of Belgium's 2-1 Nations League defeat by England at Wembley last Sunday and then withdrew from the national squad with an unspecified injury. "The squad have come back a little bett
  • De Bruyne open to signing new Man City deal
    (Reuters): Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is open to extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium but says negotiations over a new contract have yet to take place. De Bruyne has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, as well as a host of individual accolades, since his arrival from VfL Wolfsburg in 2015. British media said the Belgium international, who has 2-1/2 years left on his current deal, is close to signing a five-year extension with the Premier League c
  • Man City have financial muscle to pull off Messi deal, says COO Berrada
    (Reuters): Manchester City will be in a position to sign Lionel Messi if the opportunity presents itself next season, the Premier League club's chief operating officer said. City were the frontrunners to land Messi's services after the 33-year-old Argentine handed Barcelona an official notice in August of his desire to terminate his contract. However, the six-times world player of the year eventually decided to stay in Spain for the coming season, the last on his cur
  • Will most unpredictable Premier League season produce surprise champions?
    Reuters The most astonishing set of results yet, in an already very unpredictable Premier League season, and the different environment in which the English top flight is operating have raised the prospect of unexpected champions. With Manchester City having conceded five goals at home for the first time in 438 games at the Etihad Stadium last weekend against Leicester City, champions Liverpool continued the trend of extraordinary results at Aston Villa. In their remarkable 7-2
  • Rodrigo earns battling Leeds 1-1 draw against Man City
    LEEDS, England, October 4 (Reuters): Leeds United's Rodrigo Moreno struck his first goal for the club to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday as visiting Pep Guardiola was denied victory against one of the men who inspired him to be a coach. City's Spanish boss has often spoken highly of Leeds' Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, who Guardiola took advice from before going into management at Barcelona, with the two tacticians meet
  • Manchester City sign Portugal defender Dias from Benfica
    (Reuters): Manchester City have completed the signing of Portugal defender Ruben Dias on a six-year deal from Benfica, the Premier League club said on Tuesday as they moved to strengthen their defence two days after a 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City. Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi moved the other way as part of the deal, ending a five-year spell with City. Benfica announced earlier that 23-year-old Dias, who has played 19 times for Portugal, had moved for a transfer f
  • Vardy treble inspires Leicester to 5-2 win over Man City
    MANCHESTER, September 28 (Reuters): A Jamie Vardy hat-trick coupled with goals from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans steered Leicester City to a stunning 5-2 win at Manchester City on Sunday and kept them top of the Premier League with a maximum nine points from three games. City had not conceded five goals in a home game since February 2003 against Arsenal and it was the first time their boss Pep Guardiola had seen a side he is managing concede five in what was his 686th game in
  • Man City to field mainly academy players in League Cup - Guardiola
    WOLVERHAMPTON, England, September 22 (Reuters): Manchester City will draft in players from the club's youth academy for Thursday's League Cup match at home to Bournemouth with manager Pep Guardiola saying he did not have the squad size to compete in two competitions at this stage of the campaign. The delayed start to the season means the third round of the League Cup, in which City are holders, comes three days after their opening 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on M
  • Manchester City off to winning start with victory at Wolves
    WOLVERHAMPTON, England, September 22 (Reuters): Manchester City got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers thanks to first-half goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden plus a late Gabriel Jesus strike on Monday. The result means there has not been a single drawn match in the opening two rounds of Premier League fixtures and the 44 goals over a single 'game week' is a record for the 20-team era. Wolves beat City h
  • Man City's Mahrez, Laporte test positive for COVID-19
    Reuters Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club announced on Monday. City said in a statement that both players did not display any symptoms and are currently self-isolating in line with protocols established by the Premier League and the British government. "Everyone at the Club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season," City sai
  • Guardiola could build Man City around Messi - Rivaldo
    (Reuters): Pep Guardiola could rebuild his Manchester City team around Lionel Messi if the Argentine gets his wish and leaves Barcelona, according to former Nou Camp great Rivaldo. Messi's lawyers informed Barcelona on Tuesday that the Argentine wanted to take up a release clause in his contract which could allow him to leave for nothing. Barcelona insist the release clause has expired and that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner can only leave if a rival club is willing to p
  • Guardiola contract talks will be 'natural conversation': City chairman
    MANCHESTER, England, August 25 (Reuters): Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has less than a year left on his contract with the club, but chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says there are no plans for set-piece talks with the Spaniard. Two-times Premier League winner Guardiola has a close relationship with City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain and Chief Executive Ferran Soriano, who all worked together at Barcelona. Khaldoon says the way City operate behind the scen
  • David Silva returns to Spain to sign for Real Sociedad
    MADRID, August 18 (Reuters): Real Sociedad have signed former Manchester City midfielder David Silva as a free agent, the La Liga side said in a statement on Monday. The former Spain international, 34, has left City after a decade of service in which he won 11 major trophies including four Premier League titles. The Manchester outfit had announced earlier on Monday that they would be honouring the Spaniard by building a statue of him outside their Etihad Stadium. Sociedad
  • Man City's De Bruyne named Premier League Player of the Season
    (Reuters): Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was named the Premier League Player of the Season on Sunday, becoming just the third Belgian to win the award for the league's top performer. The 29-year-old set up 20 goals in the 2019-20 campaign, equalling the record for most assists in a Premier League season set by Arsenal striker Thierry Henry in 2002-03. He also scored a personal best 13 goals but was unable to help City defend their top-flight crown, with Pep
  • The Champions League has become a thorn in Guardiola's side
    LISBON, August 16 (Reuters): With the millions they have invested in top players and with the most respected coach of his generation in charge, Manchester City should be doing much better than going out of the Champions League in the last eight. But after their shock 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais on Saturday that is exactly what City have done in the last three years. Guardiola was brought into the club, by their Abu Dhabi based owner Sheikh Mansour, after his predecessor
  • Manchester City need Champions League glory to reach next level, says Walker
    (Reuters): Manchester City need to win the Champions League to truly establish themselves as European powerhouses, defender Kyle Walker has said. City have won four Premier League titles in the last decade but have failed to progress beyond the semi-finals of the Champions League during that period. Pep Guardiola's side eliminated 13-time champions Real Madrid in the last 16 and are firm favourites heading into Saturday's quarter-final clash against Olympique Lyonnai
  • Real, Liverpool exits don't help Manchester City, says Silva
    (Reuters): Manchester City's task in the Champions League has not been made any easier by the exits of Real Madrid and Liverpool as every team playing in the mini-tournament in Lisbon is capable of winning, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said. Pep Guardiola's City eliminated Real in the last 16 while defending champions Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid. City are firm favourites heading into Saturday's quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais but Silva
  • Leeds sign Harrison on loan from Man City, Gelhardt from Wigan
    (Reuters): Leeds United have re-signed winger Jack Harrison on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City and striker Joe Gelhardt on a four-year contract from Wigan Athletic, the newly-promoted Premier League club announced on Monday. The 23-year-old Harrison spent the previous two campaigns on loan at Elland Road making 91 appearances and scoring 10 goals in all competitions and Leeds said they completed his loan deal with a view to signing him permanently. Gelhardt, 18, who
  • City eliminate Real from Champions League after Varane nightmare
    MANCHESTER, August 8 (Reuters): Manchester City marched into the Champions League quarter-finals by beating visitors Real Madrid 2-1 for a 4-2 aggregate triumph on Friday, with scorers Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus taking advantage of two dreadful errors by Raphael Varane. Having beaten the 13-times European champions home and away, City will now head to Lisbon for the 'final eight' tournament where they will face Olympique Lyonnais, who progressed on away goals against