City striker Roque Santa Cruz has said that his close friend Carlos Tevez is homesick. Tevez spoke recently of his dissatisfaction with the life of a professional footballer and has admitted considering retiring from international football.
Santa Cruz told Spanish radio station Cadena Sur: “Your heart goes out to his family. He wants to be among his people, who are in Argentina. His siblings and his daughters are also there. When you feel that your homeland is calling you back, you could end up giving up everything to return.
“Still, I think that he will see it out until 2014 and fulfil his contract with City before returning home.”
The Paraguayan striker looks like heading for the exit door even sooner, having admitted that a lack of playing time has left him with little option but to seek a move in January. Santa Cruz is not even in City’s Europa League squad.
“The situation is very complicated,” he said. “The club has invested heavily, competition for places is great and I’m working every day to try and convince the coach but I’m still not getting picked.
“The coach has opted for certain players and, on top of that, his system plays with only one striker. My intention is to leave City in the January transfer window and I hope that it could be for the Spanish League.”
Mansour spending increases again.
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has injected a further £80m into the club, taking his total spending since taking over the club in 2009 to more than £573m, reports The Guardian.
Mansour’s purchase of 37,547,169 shares at £2.12 each took his investment into the club past half a billion pounds and raises fresh questions over City’s ability to comply with UEFA’s financial fair-play rules which come into effect next season.
“Clearly our intention is to comply,” said City chief executive Gary Cook. “Our two-year plan was to take a budget and build a competency to compete at the highest level, not forgetting the need for succession planning in every position. We are pleased with how that worked, and will not be signing players to the same level of intensity in the next transfer windows.
“Financial fair play is on our conscience, we talk about it at every board meeting, and it’s part of our long-term plan.”
Dzeko to replace Tevez.
This morning’s news that Carlos Tevez may be leaving sooner rather than later, Wayne Rooney’s abrupt U-turn last week in re-signing for Manchester United, and Roque Santa Cruz’s stated intent to leave in January mean fresh links with old targets for Manchester City.
The Mail reports that while Roberto Mancini continues to monitor Fernando Torres’ situation at Liverpool, and still covets Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a more likely signing is Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko.
The Bosnian, 24, was a target of a host of big clubs around Europe last summer but Wolfsburg’s valuation of £40m scared off most suitors. Such a figure would not pose a problem for City, and The Mail claim Mancini may instruct Gary Cook and Brian Marwood to make a move in January.