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City's all-star attack fails to sparkle on home debut

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Ruthless Adebayor cannot hide City limits

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Hughes impatient to get show on the road

City manager admits to excitement as his expensive side prepare for big kick-off

Capello rules Almunia out of England reckoning

Fabio Capello has ruled out any chance of Manuel Almunia being called up during his time as England manager.

Gerrard ruled out of England friendly

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City building undone by Weir

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Hart joins Birmingham City on loan

England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Hart will spend next season on loan at Birmingham after Manchester City confirmed the deal this morning.

Manchester City sign Taylor from Aston Villa

Manchester City have signed former England Under-21 goalkeeper Stuart Taylor from Aston Villa in a move that will allow Joe Hart to leave Eastlands on loan.

Birmingham close to Hart loan deal

Mark Hughes has confirmed he is seriously considering a loan deal for Joe Hart to spend next season at newly-promoted Birmingham.

Manchester City put £10m tag on striker

Manchester City will expect Chelsea to pay around £10m for the services of their out-of-contract teenage striker Daniel Sturridge, an indication that City regard the player in the Theo Walcott bracket.

City underachievers raise bar for Hughes

Tottenham 2 Manchester City 1

City's statement of intent is lost in translation

The framed newspaper image which Manchester United's Rafael da Silva has hung on his living room wall reveals that his impressive display keeping Robinho quiet at Eastlands in November was important to him. The 18-year-old's own handwritten caption is scrawled underneath. "Rafael has Robinho in his pocket," it reads.

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