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Media: City urged to look at ‘ultimate player’

TRANSFER TALK: City have been urged to consider a Premier League youngster.

TRANSFER TALK: City have been urged to consider a Premier League youngster.

Transfer talk is top of the shop as we delve into Sunday’s Manchester City-centric headlines.

A Premier League youngster is the point of discussion, while elsewhere in the media, there’s praise for Pep Guardiola and reaction to our Women’s FA Cup final victory.

We’ll begin with Jonathan Walters and Declan Rice, though, with the former convinced the England midfielder would be the perfect acquisition for City.

The Manchester Evening News have Walters’ quotes, who says: "If I was Manchester City I would be looking at him because of the position that he plays where he can sit in front of that back four and do an unbelievable job.

"He’s available for the ball and right foot, left foot he deals with it. His passing is simple but he’s got a range. He covers a lot of ground and breaks up attacks. He can take players on.

"He is an ultimate player in that role and I’d be surprised if plenty of clubs aren’t in for him this summer."

Meanwhile, ahead of Monday night’s game at the Etihad Stadium, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has been effusive with his praise for Pep.

As quoted by the Leicester Mercury, Rodgers said: “He’s an incredible coach. I can speak so highly because I know the work that goes into it.

“People turn up and watch it and say, ‘God, they play great football.’ The work that goes into that, the analysing, the reviewing, the reflecting, the on-field correcting, it’s just so much work and you see that reward on the field and in the performances.

“And then, to get them to run. Because you know that Raheem (Sterling) can go from there to there in 0.5 seconds. But what makes him go there? He has created a spirit, fostered that togetherness.”

To Wembley now, and Georgia Stanway, who has hailed the importance of role models after her goal scoring show in the FA Cup win.

Before kick-off Stanway shared a picture of her teenage self alongside Steph Houghton and admitted afterwards she never thought she’d be lifting an FA Cup trophy alongside a player she now considers a close friend.

“That picture just proves how important role models are. I've always looked up to Steph," she told BBC Sport.

"I don't think I ever imagined it [scoring in the FA Cup final] because some things you don't actually think are possible.

"But today I've gone that one better and achieved dreams that go beyond people's imaginations.

"It was unbelievable - and to lift the trophy is just extra special."

That’s all your paper talk for today, but we’ll be back with more of the same tomorrow.

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