Media round-up: Tuesday, 6th December featuring Kolo Toure, Kompany, Tevez and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
By Ric Turner, Tue 06 December 2011 08:18
Kolo Touré has claimed that African players are discriminated against by clubs because of their enforced departure for the African Cup of Nations and that he has been victimised for missing a key fixture against Manchester United because of international commitments two years ago. Nothing to do with the self-inflicted six month ban for missing a drug test then. Toure also went on to criticise fellow defender Stefan Savic. "When you look at the performance of Savic against QPR – excuse me, I'm relaxed," said Touré, conveniently forgetting some of his own performances in a sky blue shirt.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be closing in on a deal to join AC Milan in the near future, after it emerged vice-president Adriano Galliani met up with his agent Kia Joorabchian to discuss a possible transfer. According to Sky Sport 24, the duo had dinner together in Milan on Thursday, with the main topic of discussion being a move to San Siro for the Argentine player. It is reportedly the second meeting between Galliani and Joorabchian, after they previously met at Milan's headquarters in Via Turati 10 days ago.
City captain Vincent Kompany feels there's much more to come from Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has made an impressive start to his City career, with 13 goals in 19 appearances, but Kompany said: "If you look at what has happened naturally for all the strikers here, we have only seen the best of Mario (Balotelli) this year, and only seen the best of Edin (Dzeko) this year. It's the same with David Silva, so it might be next year that we see the real Sergio. Maybe he has got another level on him. That's a great prospect for us, that players like Samir (Nasri), Sergio and Gael (Clichy), who are in their first year at this club and even though they have been performing exceptionally well, all still have another level to go to."
Finally, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged Uefa to impose ‘strict penalties’ on free-spending clubs like Manchester City unless they fall into line with Financial Fair Play regulations, for the 24th time this season. “Let’s take the example of Manchester City. How does it work when you write about 200 million (£194.9m) loss?", he sobbed.