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City increase bid for Sterling to £40 million as Liverpool forward edges closer to move

Manchester City have upped their bid for Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Manchester City have made an improved £40million offer for Raheem Sterling but Liverpool are expected to reject the latest bid.

Having had an offer of £25million plus £5million worth of add-ons turned down last week, City have upped what they are willing to pay by £10million.

However, that still falls short of the £50million minimum Liverpool believe the 20-year-old England international is worth and they are likely to turn down the offer.


Aguero eyes Ballon D'Or at City

Sergio Aguero says he can win the Ballon D'Or at Man City Credit: PA Images

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes the club can give him the platform to become a Ballon d'Or winner.

Aguero has scored 107 goals for City in 163 appearances since joining the club in a £38 million transfer from Atletico Madrid four years ago.

The 2014-15 campaign was his most impressive, with 32 goals in 41 games.

The challenge is now to continue on improving and reach the exalted status the likes of his Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have reached as world players of the year.

The Argentine striker said:

"The truth is that I would be very happy with the Ballon d'Or. I had a great year, I missed some games but the season has been very good, no?"

"The Premier League has this vision where (they want) everybody in the world to watch it so I have plenty of chances to at least be nominated for the Ballon d'Or."

"I think for any player it's important. Playing in the Premier League, obviously I have a lot of opportunities."

– Sergio Aguero

Aguero has settled well at City and signed a new five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium after winning his second Barclays Premier League title last summer.

He had previously said he would not leave City until they won the Champions League and he remains convinced the club has the potential to do just that.

"Every year City try to improve the team and while I don't know how it will be next season, obviously the club always wants us to win titles."

"City are prepared to win titles every year. Obviously the Champions League is a great competition and I think that City are doing everything to win it."

"The truth is yes, I'm very happy. I'm enjoying these four years that I've had at City and there are still many more years to come. I'm very happy."

– Sergio Aguero

Ex-City star Johnson denies sex offences with underage girl

Arriving at court - Ex-Man City star Adam Johnson Credit: PA Pictures

Ex-Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has denied three charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16 in his first appearance at Crown Court.

The 27-year-old England international, who appeared in the dock at Durham Crown Court dressed in a grey suit and white shirt, also denied one charge of grooming.

Johnson, who now plays for Sunderland, entered the court surrounded by his legal team, and spoke to enter his not guilty pleas.

He was arrested in March after he was accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The three counts of sexual activity with a child were alleged to have taken place on one night in January at two locations in County Durham, while the offence of meeting a child after sexual grooming was alleged to have happened between December and February.

Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, lives in Castle Eden, County Durham.

Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10million in 2012.

Sheikh Mansour convinced Yaya Toure to stay at City, says agent

Yaya Toure was linked in reports with clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea. Credit: PA Images

Yaya Toure decided to stay at Manchester City after being assured he is a key figure in the club's future by owner Sheikh Mansour, his agent has said.

Playmaker Toure looked to be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer and was linked in reports with clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea.

However agent Dimitri Seluk has confirmed Toure will remain at the club he joined from Barcelona five years ago.

City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan waves from the stands at the Ethiad Credit: PA Images

Seluk said in the Sunday Mirror: "Yaya is staying - because Sheikh Mansour told him he must stay.

"Mansour told Yaya that he is still a very important player and that he was the first big player to join City after the takeover.

"He told him that City wouldn't even discuss a sale.

"This is good. People have tried to say that Yaya only wanted more money, but it was never about money. It was only about respect."

Seluk had previously claimed Toure was "90 per cent certain" to leave City at the end of the season.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini repeatedly stated his desire to hang on to the Ivory Coast midfielder, with the 32-year-old having two seasons left on his contract.

Manchester City Women FC and Manchester Metropolitan University team up

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Manchester City Women's Football Club have announced a new partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

In each of the four years of the programme players from the Man Met University Women's team will experience a training session led by MCWFC and university coaching staff will be able develop from observing their own training sessions.

Also the University's Events Management course will be given access behind the scenes at Manchester City Women's match-day events and will have the opportunity to 'manage' a home fixture to put into practice what they have learnt.

Players and coaches from Manchester City Women will be invited to the University as guest speakers at open days.

Steph Houghton, Manchester City and England Captain said of the partnership:

“The Manchester City Women’s team are proud to be involved in this unique venture that aims to give students hands-on experience managing a real match-day event.

“Nothing beats the buzz of a football crowd and it will provide a good test for students to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice.”


Man City star Bacary Sagna put through his paces by teen hopeful

Manchester City star Bacary Sagna was put through an extra training session as he helped launch new state-of-the-art football facilities close to the club’s Etihad Stadium.

Sagna joined defender Paula Radtke from Manchester City Women’s Football Club and James Horsfield and Angus Gunn from the EDS side, to officially open a £350,000 multi-use football pitch which will be used by students at neighbouring Connell College and young people from the surrounding area.

Teenager Mark Lucas, from Newall Green High School, was handed the honour of hosting the training session.

Mike Hall reports.

Wenger: 'I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has the credentials to become a successful manager. But the Gunners boss thinks Manchester City already have a man of "super" calibre in their top job in Manuel Pellegrini.

Vieira, one of Wenger's most influential former Gunners captains, is currently the manager of City's elite development squad. Recent speculation over Pellegrini's future has seen the Frenchman mentioned as a potential successor to the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger Credit: PA Images

"I believe like many other players he has the intelligence and the competence to do this job, but I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence and super-quality as well - so if you want me to interfere in that, I am not ready to do it."

– Arsene Wenger

Pellegrini's position has come under scrutiny as City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race in the second half of the season.

The defending champions were joint top in January but are now fourth after a dismal three months in which they also went out of the Champions League and FA Cup.

A host of names have been linked with Pellegrini's job-also including Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez - but City have given no indication they are considering a change.

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