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Given the offensive threat that Richards poses, the clash between the pair was always going to be...

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Given the offensive threat that Richards poses, the clash between the pair was always going to be an intriguing one. With an unrivalled threat running with the ball, Bale is arguably as dangerous an attacking threat there is in the Premier League, but Richards contribution to City’s potent attacking play should not be underestimated. The key was whether either players natural game and instincts would be stymied in trying to counter the threat of the other.

My statistical look over at EPLIndex at the Richards v Bale match up from Sunday's victory over Tottenham.

The full extent of Manchester City's legal dispute with Carlos Tevez can be revealed after it...

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The full extent of Manchester City's legal dispute with Carlos Tevez can be revealed after it emerged the club had found him guilty of gross misconduct for going on strike and taken away £9.3m from the Argentinian in fines, lost wages and bonuses since the start of the season. The league leaders stopped paying Tevez's salary at the end of November and fined him six weeks' wages, amounting to £1.2m, during a disciplinary hearing held on 21 December. Tevez immediately launched an appeal, despite having flown to Buenos Aires on 7 November and making it clear he would not return, but a subsequent hearing on 11 January upheld the decision.

>>guardian.co.uk

Ben Mee, former skipper of City's 2008 FA Youth Cup-winning side, has joined Burnley for an...

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Ben Mee, former skipper of City's 2008 FA Youth Cup-winning side, has joined Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The lifelong City fan has been on a season-long loan at Turf Moor and manager Eddie Howe has decided to make the move permanent, agreeing a deal that will last until 2015. Mee made just one appearance for City during a 2-1 Carling Cup defeat to West Brom last season and later spent time on loan with Leicester. Despite a handful of appearances on the bench, he has since found first team opportunities limited. Mee joins fellow former Academy team-mate Kieran Trippier who joined the Clarets last week.

>>mcfc.co.uk

The club has cancelled David Gonzalez's contract. The 29-year-old Colombian goalkeeper, who signed...

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The club has cancelled David Gonzalez's contract. The 29-year-old Colombian goalkeeper, who signed for City in 2009, has been on loan at Aberdeen for the past six months. Loris Karius, the Germany Under-16 goalkeeper signed from Stuttgart in 2009, has joined Mainz, where he was on a season-long loan, in a permanent deal.

>>mcfc.co.uk

City will kick off the defence of the FA Cup with Budweiser against neighbours United at the Etihad...

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City will kick off the defence of the FA Cup with Budweiser against neighbours United at the Etihad Stadium. The tie will take place on the weekend of 6/7/8 January. The full draw is: Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury, Nottingham Forest v Leicester, Manchester City v Manchester United, Dagenham & Redbridge or Walsall v Millwall, Crawley v Bristol City, Doncaster v Sutton Utd or Notts County, Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa. Tottenham v Cheltenham, Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham, MK Dons v QPR, Hull v Ipswich, Coventry v Southampton, Brighton v Wrexham, Fulham v Charlton, Birmingham v Wolves. Norwich v Burnley, Arsenal v Leeds, Derby v Crystal Palace, Fleetwood or Yeovil v Blackpool, Swindon v Wigan, Barnsley v Swansea, Chelmsford or Macclesfield v Bolton, Newcastle v Blackburn, Everton v Tamworth. Sheffield United v Salisbury or Grimsby, Liverpool v Southend or Oldham, Gillingham v Stoke, Chelsea v Portsmouth, Watford v Bradford, Peterborough v Sunderland, West Brom v Cardiff, Reading v Stevenage.

>>mcfc.co.uk

AC Milan have opened talks with Carlos Tevez's advisors about a January move for the Manchester...

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AC Milan have opened talks with Carlos Tevez's advisors about a January move for the Manchester City striker, BBC Sport understands. Inter Milan and Juventus are also keen but Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian met AC officials in Milan on Thursday. City are only prepared to let the 27-year-old leave on a permanent deal.

>>BBCSport

England winger Johnson has agreed a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2016, while...

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England winger Johnson has agreed a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2016, while Argentina defender Zabaleta has agreed fresh terms to stay until 2015. Johnson's deal should end long-running speculation about a move away from the club, with the 24-year-old telling the club's website: "I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see a big future here." Zabaleta, an irregular starter but important squad man due to his versatility, was set to be out of contract next year. "I'm in a very good team, and I try to do my best for the club, the team and the fans," the Argentinian said. "I didn't think twice, I gave a quick answer because I was so happy to sign."

>>telegraph.co.uk

Luca Scapuzzi and Andreas Mancini have joined League One Oldham. The young Italian strikers link up...

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Luca Scapuzzi and Andreas Mancini have joined League One Oldham. The young Italian strikers link up with Blues legend Paul Dickov, the boss at Boundary Park. Twenty-year-old Scapuzzi joins the Latics on emergency loan from City until 2 January whilst Andrea (19) will be there until 3 December with a view to extend. "We have got a couple of strikers out with injury and I am really grateful to Roberto Mancini for allowing these deals to go through," said Dickov.

>>mcfc.co.uk

We have been drawn to play Arsenal away in the last eight of the Carling Cup. The full line-up of...

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We have been drawn to play Arsenal away in the last eight of the Carling Cup. The full line-up of ties, to be played week commencing 28 November, is as follows: Arsenal v City; Chelsea v Liverpool; United v Crystal Palace; Cardiff v Blackburn Rover

>>mcfc.co.uk

Abdul Razak has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of December. The all-action Ivorian...

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Abdul Razak has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of December. The all-action Ivorian midfielder, 18, made his City debut last February as a substitute against West Brom, but he has started both of the Blues’ Carling Cup ties this season. Pompey are 16th in the NPower Championship and currently are under the caretaker stewardship of Guy Whittingham, following the recent departure of Steve Cotterill to Nottingham Forest.

>>mcfc.co.uk
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