Manchester City have been boosted by the arrival of Pablo Zabeleta, after the defender returned from an indefinite period of compassionate leave.
The Argentine has spent the last three weeks in Buenos Aires after his father was involved in serious car accident. However City were able to welcome him back to training on Tuesday after his father emerged from his coma and was taken off the critical list.
“In a week that Roberto Mancini has lost Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng to injuries picked up while on international duty, Zaba’s return will be a welcome boost ahead of what is a crucial game in the Blues’ bid for Champions League football,” read a statement on City’s official website.
“Pablo has expressed his thanks for all the messages of support he’s had from City fans during what has been a very difficult time for his family.”
Silva: I had to leave.
David Silva insists he was compelled to join Manchester City in order to save his former club Valencia from financial turmoil, reports the Daily Telegraph.
“Why did I leave Valencia? Because the club needed me to,” the winger said. “I was happy there and wouldn’t have left, but the situation the club was in demanded it.
“City showed a great interest and I wanted to settle it quickly. It was a very interesting offer, a good club, and I didn’t have to think too much.”
The influential playmaker has become a key player for City after initially struggling with the physicality of the English game.
“The worst part has been the cold but I’m happy and comfortable with everything else. The passion with which the fans love football is wonderful. British people are fun.”
Fergie: City won’t sell Tevez.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced fierce rivals Manchester City won’t let club captain Carlos Tevez leave the club this summer.
Tevez submitted a transfer request earlier in the season and has been a popular subject amongst transfer gossip but Ferguson believes he will remain at Eastlands.
Ferguson told ESPN Press Pass: “Knowing the background, the people who represent him, I’m not surprised, but I don’t think Manchester City would want to let him go.
“He’s had a great time there, he’s been their top goalscorer, their best player in the last two years, so why would they want to sell him?
“You don’t know everything at every club of course but it seemed to have settled down and I think in Mancini they have a strong manager who can deal with that.”