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We begin the week with news of another award for one of our City stars, a word from the Belgium boss on John Stones and we hear from Gabriel Jesus after he captained Brazil.
So, let’s get started!
First up, we want to send a huge congratulations to City defender Megan Campbell who has been awarded the Ireland Senior Women's Player of the Year at the inaugural CRISC Awards and dinner in Dublin this weekend.
The 24-year-old has had a difficult season after suffering a serious knee injuring during our Women’s Champions League clash against LSK Kvinner back in November.
After receiving the award, Campbell thanked fans for their continued support.
Speaking on her official Twitter account, the Irish international stated: “I’m honoured to be nominated and awarded the Irish fans’ Player of the Year!
Thank you all for the continued support, especially during the most recent campaign.
The record crowds are so important for the team and for the continued growth of women’s football.”
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Next up, we hear from Belgium manager Roberto Martinez as he predicts big things for centre-back John Stones in the coming years.
Since joining us from Everton back in 2016, Stones has made 70 appearances for the club and has particularly excelled – despite injuries – throughout our record-breaking season.
Martinez talks to the Mirror about his time with the centre-back during his career in England: “I was scouting John for Wigan and we missed him on deadline day, and then he signed for Everton in January 2013.
“He hadn’t made his debut when I joined Everton that summer, but, from day one, I knew John had to be a centre-half and he had the composure on the ball to play there.
“It was a really interesting journey to see him grow and taking responsibility and get to the level he has got to. He has a big future.”
The Red Devils boss also had a word to say on Kevin De Bruyne, as the 44-year-old stated that he was shocked when the Belgian international wasn’t crowned PFA Player of the Year.
“I was surprised De Bruyne didn’t beat Salah to the Player of the Year. Mo has had an incredible season, the best season in his career,” Martinez added.
“But Kevin almost came into a new way of working with Pep Guardiola, who has a really strong connection with him, and he influenced a lot of things.
“This is a team that has broken all the records in the Premier League.
“Individual awards are given for individual performances, but those individual performances come as part of a team in what is a team sport and Kevin, in the early part of the season, was magnificent.
“I understand what Mo did, but, out of the two, Kevin probably had a bigger effect over the season.”
Yesterday our striker, Gabriel Jesus, stepped up to become Jesus became the sixth youngest Brazilian ever to captain the national team, and the youngest since 1995 when he took the armband during a friendly with Croatia.
Brazil secured a 2-0 win over the Croats and explained to the Associated Press why competition for his spot in the squad was a positive heading into the World Cup.
“This question of Firmino is good for me, for Brazil,” the 21-year-old explained in his press conference. “Not only (to create competition) for the striker position, but all of them. He wants to play and that makes me want to improve too.
“Since I started as a professional at Palmeiras I always had to fight for my position.
“It was like that in 2015, when I became professional. Palmeiras had signed more than 15 players and I was scared. But then I took the challenge, that was good for me because I made the extra effort.”
Finally, it wouldn’t be media watch without some transfer speculation!
The latest name thrown into the rumour mill is that of Fiorentina and Italy international Federico Chiesa.
Italian news outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that City is among a host of clubs interested in the 20-year-old forward.
The newspaper claims: “Inter Milan and Juventus are at the transfer window for Federico, who does not have an agent and has signed with Fiorentina until 2022 with an engagement of around 2 million Euros (with bonuses).
“The auction could really start if the big names of Europe will intervene: so far Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have all drawn up reports and hold him in high regards. Plus some phone calls have already arrived for the forward.”
As always, remember: we’ll be the first to confirm any completed transfers right here on ManCity.com.
As we do each at the beginning of each day, we’ve trawled through the City-centric headlines just for you and with several of our stars in action last night, plus the news of two recruits, there’s certainly no shortage of talking points.
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