Boss Quizzed Over Van Persie - Do We Need Him?
The hacks continue to pursue Roberto Mancini on the issue over where last season's Arsenal talisman, the wantaway Robin Van Persie will be packing his bags for...
The City gaffer, preparing for today's tour game against the Malaysia Select XI has continued to straight bat the questions only this time around suggesting that the Dutchman, who turns 29 years old next week has got a job on deciding upon who he would like to join:
'When you talk about Manchester City, Manchester United and Juve, it is difficult for a player to choose between those three clubs...They are all top teams and I have no idea what will happen with him. If we have a chance to take him, we will try because we think he is a top striker. For now he is an Arsenal player and I think Arsenal are a top team. It is not easy for Van Persie and other players to leave them.'
Collective shoulder shrugging bemusement remains in place amongst City supporters over RVP. Were he to join City he would break the mould of signings in the Sheikh Mansour era by being the oldest international player signed. Furthermore, it's clear and present that Mancio has forged a terrific team spirit in a City squad spearheaded by four strikers all younger than the Arsenal captain who all contributed massively last season to the the title win and it's huge goals tally. Mancio, Brian Kidd and David Platt were all superb goalscorers in their time and their savvy has helped our forwards develop immeasurably.
How It's Done Lads - David Platt @ Malaysian Open Training Session
We may have some nutters on board but they are brilliant nutters when called upon. If it ain't broke, why fix it? What would Van Persie bring to the top table?
Meanwhile, outside the city walls Stretford are increasingly in panic mode. Were The New York Floaters able to sign Van Persie, then they will have to match the transfer request fuelled wages of rotund sweaty England flop Wayne Rugney. Team Glazer will have extreme difficulty finding those funds.
Above all else I'll wager you won't find too many Blues downhearted if Van Persie goes elsewhere.
VMCers. Van Persie. Is he your cup of tea? Answers on a blog please.
all times East Manchester
TODAY 13h45 Malaysia Select XI, Kuala Lumpur, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Tue 31 Jul 19h45 Oldham Athletic, Boundary Park, Friendly
Sat 04 Aug 20h30 Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Arena, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Sun 05 Aug 19h00 Limerick, Jackman Park, Friendly
Sun 12 Aug 13h30 Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield PL
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