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Yaya Toure tells City to sort his contract out – or he will be off

By Stefano on March 20th, 2013

The Sun has a huge football exclusive this morning which concerns the fate of Man City’s massively talented midfielder Yaya Toure.

Apparently the player has been in contract talks with City for six months now and according to the paper if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the weekend the 29 year old will look for a move.

And depressingly for City fans Toure’s agent has said that the deal isn’t about money.

Dimitri Seluk said

“I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons.

“He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”

It could be that City simply have decided that they can’t afford to keep their star player. He is currently on £220,000 a week which makes him the club’s top earner and is one reason why City’s wages bill is astronomical.

The tricky part for City though would be finding a a club willing to pay his gargantuan wages, especially as Toure heads towards the end of this career.

The most obvious destinations would be PSG or a Russian club like Anzhi Makhachkala who are ambitious and could afford to pay him. Though Barca, Chelsea or even Man United might be tempted to stretch their wage bill further to land one of the most talented players on the planet.

To be honest though this feels like agent posturing. My money would be on the player singing a new contract at the club very soon as he angles for a better deal. What do you think?



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Should Arsenal have signed Chris Samba?

By Stefano on March 4th, 2013

Arsenal lost a vital game yesterday largely because of the inability of their two centre backs (and Nacho Monreal who was culpable on the second goal) to track players making a run behind a high line.

Maybe Arsenal midfielders, especially the increasingly immobile Arteta, should take the blame too.

The defeat is all the more painful because until the Bale goal the Gunners seemed comfortable and were controlling the game.

Yet Arsene Wenger seems to be reasonably content with his line up of centre backs. He had plenty of opportunity to strengthen in the window, especially after letting Djourou go on on loan, yet apart from vague whispers that Arsene would make a summer bid for Mats Hummel, it was eerily quiet.

There is one player who moved in the window who would have seriously strengthened the team’s defence – Chris Samba. Wenger is clearly a Samba fan and has allegedly been mulling over a bid on more than once occasion. Yet even though Samba was angling for a move from Anzhi Makhachkala it was QPR’s Harry Redknapp who got in first and secured the player.

Samba’s reputation, even after playing several weeks for a struggling side, is such that Zenit St Petersburg made an offer for the player which would have meant that QPR made a significant profit on Samba.

According to the Daily Star Redknapp was left mystified by Arsenal’s failure to land player

“When he was sold, I could never understand why Arsenal did not sign him that time,” he said.

“He is everything you need. He is quick, he can play round his feet.

“He is a proper centre-half. He could play anywhere in this country and for all the top teams.”

So is Harry mischief-making? Or does he have a point?

One one level Wenger would never have matched the wages that Samba is currently earning at QPR – unless that is he saw Samba as vital to the side and that he would make a difference in securing Champions League football.

For me Samba has three advantages over Per Mertesacker. Firstly he has as much, if not more, presence, especially on free kicks and corners (in both boxes). The ball just seems to ping off his head. Secondly he is much faster and more mobile that Per Mertesacker – lack of speed being the German’s Achilles’s Heel. He is also more precise in the tackle than his German counterpart – though I think from a positional point of view the German has the edge.

Lastly he is a leader – and Arsenal are perilously short of leaders.

He is 28 years old, has 4/5 good years left in him, has load of Premiership experience. He is another signing that would have been worth the cash in the winter window, or maybe if QPR go down.




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