Media round-up: Friday, 28th October

By Ric Turner, Fri 28 October 2011 06:52

Media round-up: Friday, 28th October

City have been forced by the PFA to halve Carlos Tevez's fine, and have accused the association of an apparent conflict of interest after it prevented the club from imposing a four-week fine. The players' union said: "The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club."

City responded with an official statement: "Manchester City is disappointed by the apparent PFA conflict of interest evident in this process. [We have] been in constant dialogue with the PFA since 28 September. Today's PFA decision is a departure from the club's understanding of that dialogue."

The Sun report that David Silva would snub a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid in order to stay at Eastlands. Silva has started the season in impressive form, and said: "City believed in me and I'm very well here. Real Madrid and Barcelona are definitely two great clubs but I hope to stay in Manchester for many years."

Nigel de Jong has lauded City's start to the season, and believes the club's future is bright. He said: “We have to go for every prize and we have a lot of talent. And it is not only about buying players, it is also the youth players. We saw at Wolves how good some of them can be."

City are set to renew their interest in Belgian winger Yassine El Ghanassy when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to talkSPORT. Roberto Mancini was strongly linked with a move for the talented midfielder throughout the summer but the move never materialised.