The £13m signing from Wigan could make his debut this weekend
The former Wigan midfielder had opportunity to join Reds as a teenager
1 Bring harmony from discord
Many City players were deeply dispirited at the end of a difficult few years under Roberto Mancini, finding it hard to tolerate the way the Italian criticised them publicly. City hope that an older man, with better interpersonal skills, will quickly begin recreating a team ethic. At the heart of chief executive Ferran Soriano’s philosophy is the notion of a core of players steeped in the City philosophy who will teach it to newcomers. It will be for Pellegrini to help introduce that.
Frenchman scored opener against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final
A comedian who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players escaped prosecution today.
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The Belgium defender has missed five games since suffering a calf injury
Manager was made aware of tight budget before accepting Villa Park hot seat
Sterling and Jones were among a group of players with senior caps, including Wilfried Zaha, Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson, who have all been selected in Stuart Pearce's squad to play Sweden
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£8m signing has been sensational
Some discernible patterns of behaviour are becoming clear in Roberto Mancini, and they are always at their most visible when Manchester City have had a bad night.
It really was what they said it might be – a Group of Death – and it has all but certainly deposited Manchester City from the Champions League at the first hurdle once again. But what we saw here last night was an act of self-immolation, a defeat which confirms that the club's own failings are the problem on an evening of dreadful defending and few chances created.
Neville solves mix-up over midfielder as experimental squad named for Italy friendly
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed his frustration at the lack of transfer activity at the Blues this season - once again pinning the blame on sporting director Brian Marwood.