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Manchester City will travel to San Bonifacio in the Province of Verona to compete for the Prestigious Ferroli Cup(April 28th - 1st May) which has been won in recent years by Internazionale, Real madrid and Arsenal.
The tournament is twelve teams in total each competing in three groups of four teams playing on 3 consecutive days where the winners of each group plus the highest runner up will play in a knockout semi final on that third day with the final being the next day on the 1st.
City's group A is made up of one time winners Chievo, two time winners Vicenza and last season's winners Internazionale.
City squad includes the like of Devante Cole, Shay Facey and George Glendon.
For further details and full squad list see the tournament site:
Its that time of the season when news starts filtering through about potentail players whose contracts are not likely to be extended.
Here at MCRAA we have been doing some investigating and found the following..
Young keeper James Wood has recently been at Burnley, West Brom & Exeter for trials and it is the later he is likely to join on loan until the end of the season with a view to being their number 2 keeper .He recently appeared for their reserve side in a 7-0 home victory against Plymouth Argyle.
Both the Skosgrud's twins are also likely to be released and have been upto Glasgow Rangers with a view to joining them and finally the unfortunate French striker Emeryck Hippias has returned home to his native land.
McDermott has joined promotion-chasing League One club Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season and is in line to make his Cherries debut against Charlton on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland-born striker or midfielder had successful spells on loan at Chesterfield and Scunthorpe last season after signing a new contract with City.
Bournemouth are managed by former City striker Lee Bradbury
Ex Rhyl Players Neil Roberts and Simon Davies (and now members of the City set up) took a squad of under 19 year old players from their development centre which included several overseas international players, from Citys Abu Dhabi set up
The final score for the arranged match :-
Rhyl - 1 (James Stead, 23)
Man City - 3 (Avery - 27, Ema - 44, Ruben - 87)
Needless to say we have never heard of any of the players who scored for City, so it would be true to say although playing under the name of Manchester City, the majority of the side were their just for the experience
and this would be the same side that play at Platt Lane in the evening on a regular basis, with their last game being a 6-2 win over Fleetwood
News reaches us here at MCRAA towers that City might be close to signing much sort after Danish prospect Viktor Fischer.
We brought you the story back in November of how the young striker was on trial from FC Midtjylland,
His talent has not gone unnoticed across Europe, with clubs queuing up to secure his signature, well his club can confirm they have received bids for him, and despite keen interest from Ajax, they are not one of the clubs to have bid for him.
Soren Lerby is also the official representative of Viktor and so with Rekik on his way to City I am sure that he is happy to place one of his other players with our club?
Manchester City are embroiled in a row with Feyenoord after attempting to lure away highly-rated teenager Karim Rekik.
The 16-year old Dutch centre-back is understood to be close to signing a four-year deal with City after they beat off competition from Inter Milan and Juventus.
City have offered Rekik a professional contract to quit Holland and move to England. However, the move has been complicated by Feyenoord's plan to ask the Dutch FA to probe the case.
However Rekik's agent Soren Lerby a former Denmark international is quoted as saying he has done nothing wrong.
He told De Telegraaf: 'I am an experienced professional, I have been a player and a coach for many years and I well aquatinted with Fifa rules. I respect those rules
and nothing has been broken.
'If a player who does not have a contract with them wants to go abroad, I cannot stop him.
Some good news for the EDS side as four players are likely to be back in action shortly...Ryan McGivern, James Poole, Alex Nimely and Joan Roman
Since leaving Rochdale, former academy & reserve player Jack Redshaw has struggled to find another club, he however recently turned out for Evostick first division(North) side Salford City, where he joined former City academy player Darren Hockenhull.
Jack made his debut coming on as a substitute at Chester and then started the next game at Durham City were he scored one of his sides goals in a 6-2 defeat
Devante Cole and George Glendon(son of former reserve player Kevin) have been selected to represent England in the forthcoming Victory Shield at under 16 level.
Alex Henshall (subject to injury) has been selected for England's under 17 side in the UEFA Elite Qualifying Round of the European championship., to be played at the end of March in Belgium.
Here at MCRAA we have received unconfirmed information that City are looking at signing 17 year old striker, Bachana Arabuli.
He is of Georgian origin
Bachana Arabuli, forward of Georgian U-17 team, is tested in age team of English “Manchester City”.
Kakha Chumburidze, general director of F.C. “Olimpi-Saburtalo”, informed “World Sport” with this information. Arabuli has contract with the mentioned club.
According to Chumburidze, scouts of “Manchester City” observed Arabuli in Tbilisi when the team of Koba Zhorzhikashvili played in the first qualifying tournament of European Championship 2011. Then, the scouts arrived in Spain where Georgian football player participated in two sparring against the local U-17 team. After that, “Manchester City” sent official invitation about Arabuli to “Olimpi-Saburtalo” and Georgian player left for England.
According to the information of Kakha Chumburidze, Arabuli will train in age team of “City” till March 8. Then, he will return to Tbilisi and will wait for the answer of the English club