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Anelka Back At City? No Thanks!

There is no doubting Nicolas Anelka's ability or his goal scoring record. 48 goals in 101 appearances for The Blues is testament to that fact.

But his track record as almost the ultimate mercenary shown by his relentless desire to move clubs after a couple of years is a lack of loyalty to be avoided.

Now he has publicly stated his desire to leave Bolton and drawn a line in the sand for would be suitors. He has revealed in the French L'Equipe sportspaper that his hefty salary must be maintained...

'I'm not prepared to make any sacrifices on a financial level. I know my level and my quality. I will not accept any offer.

I recall him sulking by the bench at Highbury in January 2005 when he decided he had had enough of MCFC and the loyal support many of us had given him, the night SWP scored that cracker.

Anelka's disinterested image that night must be available on video somewhere and I would urge Svennis and Hans Backe to seek it out before considering bringing back a player who could destabilise a steadily bonding young squad with the presence of his ego alone.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 26 2007

Time: 6:40PM

Your Comments

It is a good sign that the media are linking us with Anelka it is a sure sign that it won't happen. Has Svennis signed anyone that the media have linked us with ???
alphieblues
Absolutely Alphie. The latest links are Adriano of Inter Milan, Nuno Gomes of Benfica and Julio Baptista of Real Madrid. Meanwhile, my top drawer midfield tip Pascal Feindouno has now banged in 3 goals already for Saint Etienne!!!
Johnny Baguette
I honestly think this is a non starter, Anelka attention span does not last 90 minutes and when the going gets tough 'I'm off' . There is no doubt he can find the net, but we have players who can do that. I just think now we need a right winger. At the time Petrov is taking both sides of the wing. I agree JB not anelka and not at 60k per week.
Buzz Lightyear
Shon wright phlips is The missing link
city 81
Adriano wou;ld be a great signing, hopefully the attraction of playing with a couple of his countrymen will tempt him.
alphieblues
please not anelka again i aint a huge fan of him actually i aint a fan of his at all anybody else but him seriously i think he just a selfer on the ball and it wudn suit the way we r playin football
dunne deal
DD, Papers say they want 10 mill for Adriano, but I think there are some cheaper ones about who are just as good, One thing for sure it will be a busy week. SGE obviously does not have the faith in the strikers he inherited from Pearce apart from Mpenza, so he does need a striker and hopefully that right winger, which stevie Ireland is covering, but is not his best position.
Buzz Lightyear
ireland plays better football in centre midfield but seriously we dnt need a player like anelka on r team. If he doesn have much faith in the strikers we have y doesn he get rid of some of them then we have 7 strikers on r team
dunne deal
DD not easy to get rid of players because we pay high wages the player demands the same or more to the team who wants him, but if they dont match the demands, why move when you can get good money where you are until the contract ends. we have had that trouble for decades being unable to off load players no longer needed.
Buzz Lightyear
its horrible cos then we r given them away for free and we r loosin out on money on them like distin we cud of gottne over 5 mil for him last year but he went for free
dunne deal
DD, Distin went not because we wanted to sell him, he would not sign a new contract which ran out in the summer and therefore he could move on a bosman (free) to any club that would sign him. If we are to sign any more players we need to free up some wages and if that means getting rid of players that we do not need then we should go with sven and his advisors that the players we have are not good enough and we need to bring in better players.
Buzz Lightyear
well wat players wud ya get rid off BL
dunne deal
Cannot understand why Gudjonsen remains at large?
Craig Cain
Gudjonsen's wages would be a big stumbling block for a lot of clubs.
alphieblues
DD, If you pick your 1st eleven then pick 8 subs plus 2 keepers the rest that dont make your team are those you would sell. Craig gudjohnsen is reported to want 100k a week, we have a boss who is not stupid. I watched City legends on magic tv 203 on sky last night. I thought Kenny Clements was right when he said this is the first time we have had a manager since John Bond. So DD after giving it some thought we loan out (some already have been) Mat Mills (Doncaster) Miller (WBA) Logan, Etuhu (dicksons brother). Sell Dabo, Dickov, Samaras, Vassell, Danny Mills and Corradi. I think it is obvious to us all that they do not come into SGE's plans and would only play if others were injured or suspended and that is only if no other players come into the club before the transfer deadline. I just hope he does not play a very weakened side tonight, I think we have a good chance of a good run in this cup.
Buzz Lightyear
good result agianst bristol hart had a brillant game in goal i though. Two good goals aswell by Mpenza and Bianchi he will do well with us this year he looks like a prober goal scorer something we have being missing for a long time
dunne deal
DD thought Corluka had good game in Central Position. He got everything all night and if Ball had been watching who he was marking instead of ball watching, he wouldn't have barged into Corluka and he would have cleared the danger that led to their goal. Agree with you re hart and the strikers.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz: On Gudjonsen question answered. Re: Kenny Clements - I thought he said Tony Book - but I'd say Mercer.
Craig Cain
Why are we getting so few articles from our so called site journalists ???
alphieblues
Craig, No he said Tony Book was an explayer, the only person who came to us and had won something as a manager was John Bond, but i liked Tony Book, The Board panicked when he lost a couple of matches and brought Malcolm Allison back and then it was the slippery slide to where Joe Royle got us back and Keegan bought us back and Pearce kept us here and Sven is going to make us win things. You know When they equalised last night it is the first time since the 70's that i knew we would win. In that time I have seen teams take the lead and I always knew that we would get goals and I have that same feeling. I thought I hope he does not play the reserves because we will pay in the end, but they played just as good as the first team with passing and entertaining football, We lost our way a bit but we looked good for most of the game, Mpenza and Bianchi played well together and this was the first time that SGE had gone 442. it could have been better if we had a natural left winger besides petrov, but Geovanni played, and was tired out when we substituted him, I think Logan is best suited at Full back. Good times ahead top half definately, anything better a bonus.
Buzz Lightyear
We do not have reserves just a very talented squad. I would be very happy with whoever was selected in future Carling Cup games. It certainly showed through last night that whoever is picked is up to the job. Obviously Sven will pick a team based on the strength of the opposition.
alphieblues
Buzz. Agreed, I've not had the same sense of confidence and optimism since the 70's. The home grown nucleus coupled with the recent investment looks like a winning formula.
Craig Cain
 

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