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Manchester City`s executive chairman Gary Cook has today spoken about the future of Manchester City in the transfer department.

Its comes on the day when Real Madrid`s goalkeeper Iker Casillas became the next media driven possible transfer for city in January. According to reports City were willing to pay over £129 million pounds for him. Of course this is just the media randomly picking a player, and then slapping the biggest price tag possible, but how on earth any player can be worth £129 million pounds is just hilarious. If this was the case, id be worth around £20 million pounds and I have only ever played for a local Sunday team.

Away from the absolute ridiculous, come the words of someone who knows what the club wants and what their ambitions are. Gary Cook told, just what to expect come January.

'Manchester City Football Club has a clear strategy for the future. We want the right players who will take this club forward and through discussions and meetings between myself, Mark Hughes and his technical staff, we have identified a list of targets,'

'We will be working to bring those players to the club ourselves and we have not given another party or individual a mandate to negotiate on our behalf. In spite of recent reports, we are not using intermediaries to negotiate with players. In fact, only last week we refused two agents permission to seek out players on our behalf."

'Mark Hughes and I very recently met with the chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarek, to discuss this matter and we are all in agreement that the mandate for seeking out and securing new playing personnel for Manchester City Football Club is ours and ours alone.

'Furthermore, we would like to assure everyone concerned that we are committed to recruiting only those players who we consider to be the very best and most suitable for Manchester City Football Club in the future.'

Encouraging words from a man who only seems to come out and talk to us, when things either get to bad, or just ridiculous. The fact is the club like most clubs generally seem to leave us in the dark. Where would a club be if they didn`t have supporters? In my opinion a club depends on the supporters in order to run. I`m not saying we want to know every single background information about every player where after, but words that Gary Cook spoke of today to be delivered more often.

Whoever Mark Hughes and Co bring in, I`m sure most of them will not be any of the names that are being touted about.

Other News:

Mark Hughes has backed Jo to deliver and as a result the Brazilian could play tonight against PSG.
'Robinho has, but he's a more experienced player to begin with. Jo has found it a bit of a struggle but he is working hard in training and trying to do the right things. He's a young player with potential, as we knew when he came, but he will get better. In certain games I have had other options that I have decided to go with but he is still a big part of what we are doing here."

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Ronaldinho has stated he almost joined Man City but turned changed his mind at the last minute and Joined AC Milan instead.

"Their project is the kind that would interest any player - they could soon be among the best sides in England. Lots of brilliant players are heading in their direction and yes, my brother looked properly at their offer.
'But Silvio Berlusconi [Milan owner] had been saying for years that he would like to sign me and I felt in the end that it was the right time to say yes."

* Quotes taken from the

Who needs Ronaldinho when we have Superman Ireland!

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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 3 2008

Time: 4:45PM

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I agree AC Cookey seems to come out with news a little too late and that gets all of us frustrated, the releases are ill timed, As you say we don't want to know everything, but little and often would not go amiss. The Media have constantly had a go at us and we need a CEO who has the gonads to tell them whats what. Jo will be a good player for us, although he has not been a prolific scorer for us, he has been instrumental in the attacks, which has allowed others to score. Sparky took him out of the attack and the goals have dried up, just when Jo Elano and Robinho were getting to know the rest of the team.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/12/2008 17:35:00

I think the Xmas wish list will be a little longer after last night's display.
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04/12/2008 06:25:00

I agree.....there was no creative spark at all.......
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04/12/2008 08:41:00

I don't blame Cookey for coming out with limited statements. As you say Buzz the media have constantly had a go at us which is usually everyday of the week. We can't expect him to even put out weekly statements to refute stupid reports. I am sure he knows that most of the fans are intelligent enough to ignore all the media hype.
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04/12/2008 13:07:00

As long as the club attracts top quality it really doesn't matter how much information is given out. The best transfers are the surprise ones. Who would have forecast we could get Robinho to Eastlands. The agents and press are just mischief makers. Maybe they have touched on something by accident, though?
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