Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira has warned his team-mates that he will fight for a regular place in the starting line-up.
The veteran midfielder has featured heavily in City’s cup campaign but has made just seven appearances, two of those from starting positions, in the league. Despite being linked with a move to MLS, Vieira insists he’ll continue to compete for a place at Eastlands.
“I have been training really hard and have been trying to fight for a place,” he said. “But I know it is going to be difficult because of the strength of our team is the midfield.
“Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry have been fantastic since the start of the season and that makes it difficult for me.”
Johnson: Team spirit high.
Adam Johnson believes that Manchester City will almost certainly be competing for honours at the end of the season.
Manchester City sit level on points with their fierce rivals Manchester United and Johnson insists they’ll continue to improve as the season progresses.
“We are getting better with each game. Every game we win is a step closer. Excitement is building now; all the lads can feel it. Hopefully, it will lead us to win one of the cup competitions or the Premier League.”
Johnson was also quick to dismiss any negative impact of the much-publicised disputes within the squad. “Ever since I signed from Middlesbrough, I have felt the spirit has been fantastic. I know a lot’s been made of it [the public rows] but if someone comes into the dressing room they would see the spirit and the banter we have – and the better we do, the closer the lads are going to get.”
City Oxlade-Chamberlain favourites.
Manchester City have emerged as the new favourites to sign Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Metro.
The highly rated 17-year-old has already netted 7 goals in 16 appearances, which has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Arsenal had been lining up a £5m bid for the player but City are reportedly willing to match Southampton’s valuation of £10m.
However, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has insisted any move Oxlade-Chamberlain makes away from St.Mary’s will be in his best interests as a developing player.