Dani Alves has hinted that his future could lie away from La Liga after criticising Barcelona, according to Metro.
The Brazilian right-back says the Catalan club are not doing enough to convince him to sign a new contract and insists contract negotiations may be on the verge of breaking down.
Alves has been linked with a move to City since January and suggested if an agreement is not reached within the near future, he could be heading for the exit of the Camp Nou this summer: “I don’t feel the club have been doing their utmost to renew my contract, but that’s just a feeling I have. I want an agreement to be reached within a few days. I’m as committed to the club as anyone in the squad. I won’t be a hypocrite though. If the club want to replace me it could cost them dear.”
Mancini: Utd a cut above.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes archrivals Manchester United are a level above his side.
Speaking Sky Sports after his side’s 1-0 victory over Reading which cemented their place in the FA Cup semi-final, the former Inter boss said his side are close to the same level as the bigger teams in the Premier League but insisted they are still not as good: “Every year in football you can meet your opponent, two times minimum, maybe three or four. It is a great semi-final and you could see what it meant to the fans at the end. We are very close with all the top squads but we need to improve more and maybe next year we will be at the same level. But it is important that we played a good game at Old Trafford last time and we have a chance to win, like them.”
Authorities on derby alert.
The FA Cup semi-final tie between Manchester City and archrivals Manchester United at Wembley will be the biggest and most expensive domestic fixture to police, according to the Daily Mail.
Over 70,000 fans will travel to Wembley for the tie which is to be played during the weekend of April 16/17.
The security operation for the game will involve Scotland Yard, Greater Manchester Police and British Transport Police and a source from Scotland Yard said: “From a security point of view, this is a complete nightmare. It will cost millions of pounds.”
Manchester United saw off Premier League rivals Arsenal with a 2-0 victory to secure their place in the semi-final and Manchester City defeated Championship side Reading thanks to a Micah Richards header to win the game 1-0 and send the Blues into the next round.