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Manchester City's class of 2017 go back to school

Players from Manchester City’s men’s and women’s teams joined Year 5 students from E-ACT Blackley Academy to mark a new literacy project designed to bring learning to life through a series of football-themed activities.

John Stones, Kelechi Iheanacho and Manchester City Women’s Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Karen Bardsley joined students as they reviewed match day footage before helping to write up reports. The students then had the opportunity to ask the players questions using their upskilled vocabulary.

The ‘City Stars’ project was created to build children’s confidence in reading, writing and spoken language using examples from the world of football. It is supported by Etihad Airways, along with the Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association.

During the six-week project, youngsters are encouraged to write match reports for the City in the Community Gazette, use descriptive words in their City commentary sessions and take part in a specially designed quiz on the Etihad Stadium tour.


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Everton will do everything to keep Lukaku - Koeman

Lukaku has scored 24 goals in the Premier League this season, four more than anyone else. Credit: PA

Ronald Koeman admits Everton will discuss any transfer offer for striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but insists his club "will try to do everything" to keep him at Goodison Park.

Lukaku is the Premier League's top scorer with 24 goals in 32 appearances this season, and has been widely linked with a move back to Chelsea after confirming that he will not sign an extension to his current Everton contract.

If someone is interested for sure they will call the board and then we will speak about it but we will try to do everything to keep him at Everton next season.

He has scored 24 goals and with five games to go he can reach a really high total.

It is like for any player who is performing at a high level - every team likes to have goalscorers in the team because goals make points for the team.

But I think he is improving in the rest of his football. He is doing better pressing and running in the channels.

He is now a better striker for the team than he was last year.

I've had several conversations about how, in my opinion, he needs to play as a striker and he is working hard and improving.

– Koeman press conference
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