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City Move For Chrétien Revived

City Move For  Chrétien Revived

As reported in France Football last week, City have upped their bid for AS Nancy's right back Michaël Chrétien...

Last Tuesday's FF revealed that Chrétien, wanted by both FC Sevilla and Real Betis, was back on City's radar after talks involving Chrétien, his agent and Nancy's General Manager in Sevilla stalled only a few days before.

Nancy confirmed that not long after the player returned to France, a fax came in from Eastlands inquiring if the talented 24 year old Moroccan was still on the market.

Chrétien has played for Nancy for all of his career to date and has been a regular 30+ games a season man for the past five years. In total, he has made 218 appearances for the club with 10 goals to his name. Reknowned for his stamina, he is widely recognised as one of the best right backs in Ligue One.

The rumoured fee is said to be around £3-4 million.

Morroccan International Chrétien has only ever played for his local club, having been linked with Nancy since the age of five! However, it was not until February 2004 that he signed his first professional contract with the club, despite making his league debut in November 2002. When he plays for Nancy he used his mother's maiden name Chrétien, but when representing Morocco, he uses his father's surname Basser.

Chrétien would certainly be a welcome addition to the City squad and surely a wiser acquisition than the nonsense currently doing the rounds that links City with strikers such as Dean Ashton and Djibril Cisse. A big no thanks where those two are concerned!

However, many Blues would like to see the left back position reinforced strongly before August is out.

Chrétien scored in Nancy's 3-0 friendly win over Le Mans at the weekend.

What's your verdict on Bluesy's next target? Seen any good left back's knocking about? Drop us a line at the Vital MC Forums!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday August 4 2008
Time: 2:03PM


Do we really need another RB when we have Charlie, Micah, Nedum and Shaleum for that position.
04/08/2008 14:47:00
Indeed, alphie. Bluesy must be on to something.
Johnny Baguette
04/08/2008 17:00:00
I think the emphasis on what they call wing backs today is speed, Charlie for me is a good footballer, but I do worry that his pace is suspect and is often beaten for speed. I do think thet Charlie could play either CB or holding midfield, and probably that is why Bluesy is looking at a speedier RB.
Buzz Lightyear
04/08/2008 17:24:00
It's funny that Bilic rates Charlie as one of the best RB's in the world. His attacking play is not bad either.
04/08/2008 17:27:00
If we do sign Chretien, then alongside Jo and Ben Haim the squad already has more depth, but the left side has to be sorted out.
Johnny Baguette
04/08/2008 17:39:00
Back News about Djibril Cisse, From now I will tell you that prices of the hair dye will be Rise!
city 81
04/08/2008 20:21:00
City 81, you do have a humour that all City fans have. lol.
Buzz Lightyear
05/08/2008 07:10:00
An alarming report this morning about Charlie going to Spurs for £7m and I thought we no longer a selling club?
Buzz Lightyear
05/08/2008 07:11:00
There you go, then. There had to be something behind this Chretien move. I would be very, very disappointed to lose Corluka. One thing I would say about Chretien is he has no prem experience and little international knowledge. Replacing Corluka with him would be a big gamble. Always somebody who goes you wouldn't liek to when a new gaffer comes in. It was Weaver last time aroound if memory serves. Spurs are building some side.
Johnny Baguette
05/08/2008 07:49:00
I agree JB, they have been buying players for fun, but they will have the same problem as what we had last season with most of their players being new to the premier. The thing that puzzles me about this move is that they have a n excellent right back already and have a solid CB formation, so do we read this as going nowhere.
Buzz Lightyear
05/08/2008 07:57:00
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