Oh what a day. A hugely important signing for Manchester City, and World Cup Qualifying kicks off. Let’s dive into yesterday’s headlines.
Man City thrilled as Ederson becomes fifth star to agree new contract this year - Simon Bajkowski - Manchester Evening News
Our goalkeeper signs a 5-year extension to remain at the club.
City are delighted to have been able to agree a new deal with Ederson as they look to challenge again in all competitions, as sporting director Txiki Begiristain explained.
“Ederson is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” he said.
“He is perfectly suited to our philosophy here at Manchester City and his ability with the ball at his feet makes him fundamental to our style of play.
“Since we signed him, he has added a new dimension to our game and has revolutionised goalkeeping in the Premier League in the process. His performances over the last four years have been nothing short of exceptional and there is no doubt he will continue to be a key player for us.
Ederson is All City - Re-signs till 2026 - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue
Saul adds Ederson’s name to a list of Blues who have extended their stays at the Etihad this calendar year.
The goalkeeper put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2026, maintaining his commitment to the Club to nine-years from his arrival in June 2017.
He is the fifth senior player to agree new terms in 2021, following in the footsteps of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, John Stones and Ruben Dias.
Great news all around a this will place him in the upper echelons of paid keepers around the world. Where he belongs.
Ederson is All City - Re-signs till 2026 https://t.co/3AsNSDfuzA— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 1, 2021
EDERSON REVEALS ULTIMATE AMBITION AFTER EXTENDING CITY STAY - John Edwards - ManCity.com
Ederson has his eye on the one prize that has eluded him since his arrival in Manchester.
Ederson played a pivotal role in City’s run to the final in Porto and, though painful, he believes Pep Guardiola’s side can come back stronger from the 1-0 loss against Thomas Tuchel’s men.
“My main focus is to be able to reach the final of the Champions League again [and] to be champion this time,” he told mancity.com after committing his future to the Club.
“We had the pleasure of playing a Champions League final for the first time and unfortunately we ended up losing.
“It was a very hard blow for everyone, but I also think it was a great experience for many players. I think it also served as an experience to become a more mature team.
Every summer transfer – Manchester City 2021/2022 - Nabeel - City Report
City Report’s Nabeel has all the comings and goings from the transfer period.
Manchester City have had a relatively quiet transfer window in terms of incomings – away from the rumours and speculation – having landed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100m, but not being successful in their pursuit of a striker after Sergio Aguero’s departure, with Harry Kane not for sale as Daniel Levy held firm with his reluctance to sell, and interest in Cristiano Ronaldo only tentative.
City were, however, quite busy, as they always are, with City Football Group deals and academy dealings, with the likes of Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle completing loan moves and Lukas Nmecha and Jack Harrison completing permanent deals.
#ManCity's 21/22 summer transfer window: five incoming deals, thirteen permanent departures, and thirty-four loans. Here's every @ManCity summer deal.— City Report (@cityreport_) September 1, 2021
Are Man City still favourites for the Premier League title with no striker? Why Ferran Torres could hold the key - Adam Bate - Sky Sports
Txiki wasn't able to obtain a new center forward, but Bate sees promising signs in a striker already in City’s ranks.
“He makes movements like the best strikers who move in behind. Jamie Vardy, these types of players. He moves incredibly well. He is so young. He is an incredible finisher. Remember the goal against Norwich? It was disallowed but the finish was perfect.
“We are incredibly pleased with his movements, his work ethic, many things.”
Guardiola makes a persuasive case. Since the start of April, only Mason Greenwood has outscored the 21-year-old Spaniard in the Premier League. He has more than twice as many goals in the competition as any other Manchester City player in that time.
There is nothing false about playing Torres as the nine.
Manchester City Lead Race for Erling Haaland -report - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue
Saul would like us all to pump the breaks on our Haaland excitement.
I’d take the report with a grain of salt and many have even throwing out this report as it being a smoke screen after failing on so many deals throughout the summer. And that’s the thing about races its about how you finish, not if your leading now around a year before a decision is made.
Haaland is obviously a huge get and will be a key cog of any team he joins, but the race will be intense between City, Real Madrid Bayern Munich and maybe more.
Not to mention the agent, infamous Mino Raiola, who could command as much as 30 million euros in fees seeing as Haalands release clause is ‘manageable.’
Then, Haalands wages will be extraordinarily high as much as 50 million euros makes it a tricky disposition.
Manchester City Lead Race for Erling Haaland -report https://t.co/NwplgrnzO7— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 1, 2021
Four City players feature in World Cup qualifying – Manchester City International Roundup (01/09/21) - Benjamin Wolfe - City Report
And finally, Wolfe has all the results, but one game stood out from the rest.
Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Three Manchester City players started this game for Portugal. Joao Cancelo played for 82 minutes, and Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva played the full 90 minutes. Nineteen-year-old Gavin Bazunu (on loan at Portsmouth) saved a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty before the Republic of Ireland took the lead through John Egan. Cristiano Ronaldo made up for his penalty miss with an equaliser in the 89th minute, then scored the winner late on in the 96th minute. Portugal remain at the summit of Group A with three wins and one draw in four games.
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