HOME| EDITORIAL STAFF CONTACT US| RSS
      
Premier League (England)

MANCHESTER CITY, Mancini: Robin van Persie is now out of reach

10.08.2012 16.16 by TM W  read 3379
© foto di Giuseppe Celeste/Image Sport

Roberto Mancini has admitted that a move for Robin van Persie is now out of reach.

Speaking ahead of the Community Shield clash with Chelsea on Sunday, Mancini told his press conference at Carrington that time has all but run out.

“We only have 20 days to the end of the market and I don’t think that we have any chance for him,” the Blues chief revealed.

“But I don’t want to talk any more about players, my thoughts are now with the game against Chelsea. Now I have to think about the game.”

The Italian announced that Mario Balotelli and David Silva are likely start on the bench for the weekend fixture.

The pair, who both featured in this summer’s Euro 2012 final, have only recently returned to training after an extended leave period.

“Mario and David have had a busy summer, they need more time,” said Mancini.

“They will probably be on the bench.”

City are also faced with a number of injury concerns ahead of the showdown at Villa Park and Gareth Barry and Micah Richards will both miss out.

“Richards, I think will be out for just this game, he has a small ankle problem,” Mancini admitted.

“Gareth, I don’t know. I hope that maybe three or four weeks, or one month, but I don’t know.”

Looking further down the line to the new season, the City chief said he thinks Manchester United are still the team to beat.

“I think United are the favourite team this year,” he concluded.

Other news Premier League (England)
Other news
Highlight

ENGLAND/ CHELSEA, Torres' agent: "Milan is a possibility

Fernando Torres' agent Antonio Sanz is reported to have told MilanNews that a deal to take his client to AC Milan is close. He said after meeting with Rossoneri officials: "The meeting has been positive. Torres at Milan is a possibility. We will take time to reflect b

TORINO, Cairo: "Cerci won't join AC Milan"

Interviewed by Mediaset Premium, Torino president Urbano Cairo has declared about 27-year-old winger Alessio Cerci: "He can still leave, he has a
 

BARCELONA, Suarez: "I have refused other offers to come here"

Barcelona new forward Luis Suarez has declared: "When I heard about Barcelona offer, I had no doubts, because it was my dream. I have refused oth
 

ARSENAL, Wilshere on Sanchez's victory goal against Besiktas: "Alexis needed to score his first goal as a Gunner"

Commenting upon Emirates Stadium 1-0 victory over Besiktas and following access to Champions League group round, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere stat
 

PSG, David Luiz: "Here better than Barça or Bayern"

Interviewed by Telefoot, PSG new defender David Luiz has declared: "I am sure that here I will be happier than at Barcelona or Bayern, because PS
 

HAMBURG, Beiersdorfer: "We are in talks with Holtby"

Hamburg Sports Director Diermar Beiersdorfer has declared about Tottenham attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby: "He is a good player, he's young
 
   Editore: TC&C srl web content publisher since 1994 Partita IVA 01488100510