Man City snapped up midfielder Owen Hargreaves, in what turned out to be a characteristically frantic transfer deadline day across the country.
Roberto Mancini was told in the weeks running up to deadline day that he could only bring players in on loan or free deals, and the ex-England international’s arrival fits into the latter category.
However, since December 2008, the midfield spoiler was restricted to just eight minutes of football with City’s rivals, Man Utd, but Mancini sees Hargreaves as perfect cover for his midfield department.
The deal represents a 12-month appearance-related contract, similar to the role and deal that Patrick Vieira had with the Sky Blues before departing his recent departure.
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City hold on to Johnson.
Man City rebuffed approaches from Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke as the trio bid to sign Adam Johnson in one form or another, the Metro report.
The winger has been in-and-out of Mancini’s side so far this season but the Italian still sees him as an integral part of his match-day squad.
The ex-Middlesbrough man – who cost City just £5m back in January 2010 – has been hampered by injuries since his arrival but has mostly impressed when given a chance to play.
It is thought the Sky Blues were not prepared to let Johnson leave in aid of bolstering any of their ‘rival’ squads.
Hart learning “to do nothing”.
Joe Hart says learning how best to do nothing has helped his progression in becoming a top goalkeeper, Mirror Football report.
The new attacking aesthetic oozing out of his side means a lot of his game-time is spent watching things at the other end of the pitch, but learning how to cope with long periods of this type of redundancy, is helping him.
The England keeper said: “So far this season, everything’s been happening a long way away from my goal a lot of the time! It’s been really exciting and pretty good to watch and be a part of – and quite hard to concentrate as well, because I’m not really touching the ball a lot.” He added.
“You could say I’m busier in training than in the games so far – and it messes with your head sometimes because of what they [City’s attacking players] can do.”