Rosicky return makes up for Adebayor exit
Sunday 19 July 2009
Emmanuel Adebayor's £25 million transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City was completed last night after he underwent a medical. The striker's advisers had been waiting to see if Chelsea, Milan or any other clubs were prepared to match City's offer, but have now accepted that they will not.
Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger, speaking after the traditional pre-season friendly at Barnet, said: "We'll miss him but we want to focus on the players we have. Tomas Rosicky came back today and Eduardo da Silva will be in full training on Monday."
City's manager Mark Hughes said: "Emmanuel is a player I've admired for many years and a proven goalscorer. We've got a number of strikers but it's about making sure we have the right combinations against any opposition." Hughes also hinted that City will have to admit defeat in their attempts to buy the England captain John Terry from Chelsea.
Hughes kept two other expensive signings, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz, out of City's opening match in South Africa, but did play Stuart Taylor in goal as his side lost 2-0 to Orlando Pirates at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Gareth Barry was on the bench, but stayed there.
Terry led Chelsea as they won their first match under Carlo Ancelotti since he took over from Guus Hiddink after the end of last season. They beat Seattle Sounders 2-0 at Qwest Field on the first leg of their four-match US tour with first-half goals from debutant Daniel Sturridge and England midfielder Frank Lampard. They were enough to see off a Seattle team led by Freddie Ljungberg in their inaugural Major League Soccer season.
Rosicky, the Czech midfielder, started a game for the first time in 18 months as Arsenal were held 2-2 at Underhill. Andrey Arshavin and the young Dutchman Nacer Barazite scored Arsenal's goals and Thomas Vermaelen, their £10m signing from Ajax, was the only senior player to appear in both halves of the match.
Manchester United have turned down a request from the Indonesian government to go ahead with a proposed friendly in Jakarta tomorrow and will play a return match against a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur instead. United decided it was "not appropriate" to play in the Indonesian capital after eight people were killed in bomb attacks.
The club also rejected an offer to play in Sydney, as they did not want the extra travelling. Instead they will meet the Malaysian XI they beat 3-2 in front of almost 100,000 yesterday. The home side drew level after goals by Wayne Rooney, who started alongside Dimitar Berbatov, and Nani. New recruit Michael Owen said after coming on as substitute to score the winning goal on his United debut: "It's just nice to play with class players who are on your wavelength."
Many of the players Owen played with last season at Newcastle took part in a 7-2 rout of Darlington. Shola Ameobi scored twice against the League Two side with Damien Duff, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll netting the others.
Everton won 4-1 at Rochdale, with Jo scoring twice, and Aston Villa beat Peterborough 3-0 with goals by Steve Sidwell, Curtis Davies and Andreas Weimann. In Austria, West Ham's friendly against the German side Werder Bremen had to be cancelled because of torrential rain.
Jerome Thomas, who has been released by Portsmouth, scored the opening goal as Hull City won 6-0 away to neighbours North Ferriby.
Tottenham have joined Fulham and Sunderland in expressing an interest in Portsmouth's England striker Peter Crouch, who is available for £12m.
Brendan Rodgers has made his first signing as Reading manager, taking Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan. Rodgers' former club Watford have signed Slovenian left-back Jure Travner. Arsenal's former midfielder Alexander Hleb is likely to join Jose Mourinho's Internazionale on loan as part of the deal taking Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona in exchange for Samuel Eto'o and cash.
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