Here are your Manchester City evening headlines on Friday, June 24.
Ferran Soriano hint at Man City’s new Erling Haaland tactics is a warning to Premier League rivals
“I promise you it’s a football decision. It’s not a marketing or celebrity decision.”
It feels strange that Manchester City are having to justify the signing of the best young striker in the world, but here we are. This week, CEO Ferran Soriano gave a detailed defence of how City will use Erling Haaland next season, twice insisting his commercial pull was not considered in the signing.
Haaland will, of course, give City a genuine superstar, and with that comes the marketing opportunities Soriano references, but it’s the chief’s hint at Pep Guardiola’s new tactics that should excite fans.
Read more from Manchester City’s CEO here.
Jack Grealish sets out Man City target after Pep Guardiola change
Jack Grealish has got his eyes firmly set on the Champions League after another heartbreaking exit for City last season.
City are yet to win the competition despite their domestic dominance, and suffered another painful exit recently at the hands of Real Madrid where they were two goals up heading into the 180th minute of the tie but contrived to lose. Grealish came off the bench in the second leg and had two brilliant efforts cleared off the line that surely would have otherwise sent the Blues through to a final with Liverpool.
Grealish has had to change his expectations since moving to City in a £100m move from Villa last summer and now has to get into the mindset of challenging for every trophy possible. As much as Pep Guardiola and his players are expected to do that, the Champions League holds particular appeal next season for Grealish – particularly after the most recent disappointment.
Read more from Jack Grealish here.