Good morning, Manchester City fans. Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, November 19.
Foden on ‘unbelievable feeling’ after England double
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has described scoring his first England goals as an ‘unbelievable feeling’ after he helped the Three Lions to a comfortable win over Iceland in the Nations League.
Having already created Declan Rice’s opener, Foden grabbed England’s third when he finished Jadon Sancho’s cut-back.
The 20-year-old netted again four minutes later with a low finish to seal a 4-0 win.
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“Up there with one of the best you know, I enjoyed that a lot,” Foden told Sky Sports. “Obviously to score my first goal for England means a lot to me.
“I just couldn’t stop smiling after it, it’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m just going to try and enjoy it as much as I can tonight.”
City pursuing Messi deal
Manchester City are ‘actively pursuing’ a deal to land six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi from Barcelona, according to the Transfer Window Podcast.
Messi was linked with a move to City over the summer during his fallout with Barca before eventually deciding to stay at the Camp Nou.
However, the Argentine superstar will be out of contract at the end of the season, and City may look to act on their long-standing interest in January to bring the 33-year-old to the Etihad for a cut-price fee.
It is suggested City may offer centre-back Eric Garcia, who was linked with Barca over the summer, as a makeweight.
The deal will reportedly cost City around €90m, two-thirds of which will be cash with the rest made up by Garcia’s market value.
Guardiola faces striker headache
City boss Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache with his two main strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both available for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Aguero is expected to return this weekend after a thigh problem with Jesus having recovered from his injury troubles to feature twice before the international break.
Jose Mourinho’s side are in second place just a point behind leaders Leicester, and Harry Kane has been in scintillating form them.
City have been injury-ravaged so far this season, so Pep Guardiola will be hoping that as many of his squad as possible will return from international duty unscathed and ready to play.
We’ll be bringing you all the build-up and team news all the way through to kick-off on Saturday evening.
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And Guardiola must quickly decide on his first-choice striker as he attempts to dethrone Liverpool from the Premier League summit.
While Aguero has long been City’s main man up top, Jesus’ immediate return to form after injury – scoring against Olympiakos and Liverpool – has put the Brazilian firmly in the hunt to be Guardiola’s go-to striker for the remainder of the season.
Guardiola is unlikely to field both players in the same line-up, so it will be interesting to see how the Catalan tactician manages his strikers in the weeks and months ahead.
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