Graeme Souness: “When I was a player [at Liverpool] the priority was to win the English first division, that said more about the team. In a cup compeition you can have a really bad night that costs you. City are a fabulous team, they must be still favourites [to win UCL]”
Rangers defender Jon Flanagan on former team-mate Raheem Sterling: “Raheem is relentless. I don’t think he was ever injured. And what he is doing now is fantastic and also when we played with him, when he was at Liverpool, he was fantastic for us.”
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) is on a list of 34 players nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year award. The list will be cut to three finalists and the winner will be announced on January 8 in Dakar, Senegal.
In his new book, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals Pep Guardiola's Barcelona had agreed to sell him to Manchester City circa 2010, but he didn't want to go and instead moved to AC Milan. Ibra: "I found out that they’d agreed a deal with Manchester City completely without my knowledge."
PEP on injuries: "We have training in a few hours and we will assess how Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva are. I think Kevin De Bruyne is still not ready, but soon, he will be ready." PEP on Laporte importance: "Everybody is important but if you talk about minutes played and performance, Laporte... Continue Reading →
Lyon's Houssem Aouar impressed Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta so much on Tuesday that leaders of Manchester City approached representatives of the midfielder one day later. Besides City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have taken an interest in the 20-year-old. [L'Equipe]
Barcelona are preparing an offer to keep wonderkid Ilaix Moriba (15) at the club but could be too late with Manchester City having made a big play for the La Masia midfielder. Chelsea and Juventus also want him. [SPORT]
Real Madrid are not Brahim's only suitor: PSG have put their money in motion to try and tempt him to France. However, Brahim's intention right now is to join Madrid. His agent, Pere Guardiola, has asked for patience and wants to hear all offers, including City's. [AS]