Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Fabian Delph joins Everton in £10m deal Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:37:46 GMT 1 England international signs three year deal at Goodison Fabian Delph has joined Everton on a three-year contract, in a deal believed to be worth £10m. The Toffees will pay an inital £8.5m up-front, with a further £1.5m due in add-ons.

The 29-year-old made 89 appearances in total for the club, scoring 5 goals, and excelled in the 2017/18 title winning campaign, filling in as an emergency left-back.

He won two league titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the Charity Shield during his time with the Blues, but with one year remaining on his contract decided to seek regular football at Goodison Park. The re-signing of Aneglino and the emergence of Oleksandr Zinchenko meant that Delph's opportunities were likely to be limited this season.

“I am extremely proud to have played for Manchester City and of what I have achieved here,” Delph said.

“I joined the Club with the aim of winning trophies and I am delighted I have been able to do that whilst playing alongside a fantastic group of players.

“I would like to thank all my team-mates, the staff and the fans for their support and I wish the Club all the best for the future.”

New Manchester City third kit revealed Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:06:10 GMT 1 But Blues' pre-season trip to China delayed twice due to administrative errors Manchester City have revealed their new third kit for the 2019/20 campaign, ahead of their pre-season tour of China. The kit, designed by Puma as part of their 10-year, £650m deal with the club, features a bright gradient design of yellow and peach.

City manager Pep Guardiola said, “Football is a source of inspiration and enjoyment to millions around the world. On the pitch, our aim is to play attacking and entertaining football and I’m delighted that the PUMA design team has used this as inspiration for our new Third kit. I  look forward to seeing it on-pitch this season.”

City were scheduled to depart for China to participate in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday, but the flight has twice been delayed due to administrative errors. It is understood that the team will now fly at 11am today.

You can purchase the new kit here.

Four of City's opening games moved for TV Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:43:09 GMT 1 Fixtures against Spurs, Bournemouth, Norwich and Everton have been rescheduled Four of City's opening games next season have been moved after the first set of televised Premier League TV fixtures for the 2019/20 season were confirmed.

The home game against Spurs on Saturday 17th August will now kick off at the later time of 5.30pm, whilst the trip to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth has been moved back to Sunday 25th August with a 2pm kick-off.

The away game at Norwich has been rescheduled for a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday 14th September, and the Blues visit to Goodison Park will now be played at 4.30pm on Sunday 29th September. However, if City have a Champions League Group Stage game the following Tuesday, the game will revert to Saturday 28 September with a 5.30pm start.

Changes in full:

City v Spurs - Saturday 17th August 2019, 5.30pm
Bournemouth v City - Sunday 25th August 2019, 2pm
Norwich City v City - Saturday 14th September 2019, 5.30pm
Everton v City - Sunday 29th September 2019, 4.30pm

City confirm signing of Rodri for club-record fee Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:12:32 GMT 1 Spanish international heads to The Etihad after Blues activated his £62.8m release clause Manchester City have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri for a club-record fee, the club confirmed on Thursday.

The Spanish midfielder becomes Pep Guardiola's second signing of the summer, after the Blues activated his £62.8m release clause.

In a statement on Wednesday night, ?Atletico confirmed: “LaLiga has informed Atlético de Madrid that Rodrigo Hernández, through his lawyer, and representatives from Manchester City, paid the player’s release clause at the sports association’s headquarters on Wednesday, July 3. Manchester City has paid the buyout clause on behalf of the player. The player has therefore unilaterally terminated his contract with our club, which ran until June 30, 2023.”

Rodri spent just season in Madrid, following his move from Villareal, but became an integral part of Diego Simeone's side, making 34 appearances and scoring three goals. Simeone had been eager to retain the player's services, but the lure of playing for the English champions proved too much for the Spanish international.

“What City have achieved in the last two years has been amazing and I’m looking forward to being part of such a talented squad,” he said.

“It’s not just the titles they have won, but the way they have managed it, playing attacking football at all times.

“It’s a style that excites me, as do the Club’s ambitions.

“I can’t wait to start working with Pep Guardiola and my new team-mates and hopefully we can achieve great things together.”

Txiki Begiristain, City’s Director of Football added: “Rodri has proven himself to be a hugely talented, young midfielder, who has all the attributes we are looking for.

“He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession.

“He is a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s team and we are confident he will be a success.”

Angelino rejoins City in £5.3m switch from PSV Eindhoven Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:50:22 GMT 1 City activate buy-back clause to bring young Spanish defender back to The Etihad Manchester City have re-signed Angelino from PSV Eindhoven, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

The Spanish full-back has signed a four-year deal after City activated a buy-back clause in his contract, which allowed the Blues to acquire his services for just £5.3m.

Angelino initially joined City in 2013, before spending a spell on loan at New York City in 2015. He made his first team debut for City in a 4-0 FA Cup win against Aston Villa in January 2016, before further loan spells with Girona, Real Mallorca and NAC Breda. He then made a permanent switch to PSV Eindhoven last August, making 34 league appearances for the club.

"I am thrilled to have rejoined City, a side playing incredible football under Pep Guardiola," Angelino  said.

"Watching them while playing in Holland has been a pleasure. 

"City’s performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and contributing to the Club’s bid for more success.

"I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management and I am very confident that the Club will go from strength to strength over the next few years."

City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Angelino is a hugely talented young player and is an accomplished defender with great potential.

“Over the past year, he has gained excellent experience playing in the Eredivisie and the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven.

“We’re sure that he will bring additional defensive quality to our squad.&r

David Silva set to leave Manchester City at the end of next season Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:55:54 GMT 1 Spanish international confirms intention to depart after ten years at the club David Silva has confirmed that next season will be his last as a Manchester City player at a press conference in Gran Canaria.

The Spanish international joined the Blues in 2010 from Valencia, and has gone on to make 395 appearances for the club to date, scoring 71 times.

The midfielder is widely regarded as one of City's greatest ever players, with a trophy haul that includes four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups.

Asked if he would stay beyond next season, Silva said: "No, this is the last one."

He added: "Ten years for me is enough. It's the perfect time for me.

"Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign [for] another one, so I finished at 10 years.

"It completes the cycle. It's a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years - that's it."

Kyle Walker signs two-year contract extension Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:23:26 GMT 1 New deal will see England international remain in Manchester until 2022 Kyle Walker has signed a two-year extension to his current contract, atht will see him remain at the Etihad until 2022.

The England internation joined City from Spurs in £52m deal in 2017, and has become an integral part of Pep Guardiola's side, making 100 appearances in all competitions.

“I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal,” he said. “Playing for City has been everything I’d hoped it would be and more.

“It was an easy decision. I want to be competing for trophies, playing at the highest level, and I feel I have improved hugely as a player during my time here.

“The Club’s vision – both on and off the pitch – matches mine perfectly and I’m looking forward to spending the new five years here, hopefully winning more silverware.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to have Kyle here for a further two years.

“His strength, speed and ability have been vital to our accomplishments. He is a key member of the squad.

“His experience is invaluable, particularly to the younger members of the team, and his contribution will be crucial in our efforts for continued success.”

Fixtures for the 2019/20 season announced Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:31:41 GMT 1 Blues start title defence with trip to London Stadium, followed by a home game against Spurs City will start the 2019/20 season with a trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham United. The game will be screened live on BT Sport at 12.30pm on Saturday 10th August. The Blues' first home fixture is against Spurs seven days later, followed by games against Bournemouth (a) and Brighton (h).

The first Manchester derby will be played at the Etihad on December 7th, with the return fixture at Old Trafford scheduled for March 7th. Pep Guardiola's side travel to Anfield on November 9th, and will face Liverpool at The Etihad on April 4th.

All fixtures are subject to change for TV selections.

Fixture list in full:

10/08/2019 - West Ham United A
17/08/2019 - Tottenham Hotspur H
24/08/2019 - A.F.C. Bournemouth A
31/08/2019 - Brighton H
14/09/2019 - Norwich City A
21/09/2019 - Watford H
28/09/2019 - Everton A
05/10/2019 - Wolverhampton H
19/10/2019 - Crystal Palace A
26/10/2019 - Aston Villa H
02/11/2019 - Southampton H
09/11/2019 - Liverpool A
23/11/2019 - Chelsea H
30/11/2019 - Newcastle United A
03/12/2019 - Burnley A
07/12/2019 - Manchester United H
14/12/2019 - Arsenal A
21/12/2019 - Leicester City H
26/12/2019 - Wolverhampton A
28/12/2019 - Sheffield United H
01/01/2020 - Everton H
11/01/2020 - Aston Villa A
18/01/2020 - Crystal Palace H
21/01/2020 - Sheffield United A
01/02/2020 - Tottenham Hotspur A
08/02/2020 - West Ham United H
22/02/2020 - Leicester City A
29/02/2020 - Arsenal H
07/03/2020 - Manchester United A
14/03/2020 - Burnley H
21/03/2020 - Chelsea A
04/04/2020 - Liverpool H
11/04/2020 - Southampton A
18/04/2020 - Newcastle United H
25/04/2020 - Brighton A
02/05/2020 - A.F.C. Bournemouth H
09/05/2020 - Watford A
17/05/2020 - Norwich City H

Community Shield date confirmed Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:35:20 GMT 1 City and Liverpool will meet at Wembley on Sunday, 4th August The FA have confirmed that the 2019 Community Shield clash between City and Liverpool will take place on Sunday, 4th August. The game will be played at Wembley Stadium with a 3pm kick off.

City earned their place in the season curtain-raiser by virtue of winning both the Premier League and the FA Cup last season, as part of an unprecedented domestic treble. Liverpool were invited to participate as league runners-up.

The Blues will be looking to retain the title they won in 2018, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Chelsea.

City lodge appeal with CAS over FFP allegations Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:23:21 GMT 1 Club believe there has been “a basic lack of due process” The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed yesterday that Manchester City have appealed against UEFA's decision to refer the club to a disciplinary body for alleged FFP breaches.

CAS said in a statement: "The appeal is filed against decisions taken by the Investigatory Chamber of the Uefa Club Financial Control Body [CFCB] regarding alleged non-compliance with Uefa's Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

"An arbitration procedure will now be initiated and will involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a panel of Cas arbitrators is convened to hear the appeal."

UEFA opened an investigation earlier this year following a series of articles that were published by German magazine Der Spiegel last year, which alleged that City had misled the CFCB with their FFP filings in 2014.

However, apparent leaks to the press regarding the investigation prompted an angry response from City last month. A statement from the club described it as "extremely concerning" and said that their "published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record".

CAS said that "it is not possible to say at this time when the Arbitral Award for this matter will be issued".