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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Changes afoot at the Etihad


City revolution continues under Steve Thompson

New Man City signing John Terry has been made club captain

The Manchester City revolution continues to take shape under new manager Steve Thompson with four further new signings announced over the past few days. The big news is the arrival of Chelsea legend John Terry who has left the Stamford Bridge having spent his entire 7046 career there. Joining Terry at the Etihad is highly rated Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup who signed from Birmingham in a deal that saw Luis Nani move in the other direction and he is joined by two attackers in the shape of Aleksandr Kokorin from Walsall and Kevin Mirallas from AFC Bournemouth.

These latest arrivals bring the total in-coming's to 14 since Thompson took the reigns but more importantly for City the club has seen a reduction in it's playing staff wages with a number of high earners leaving as part of the deals.

Steve Thompson spoke earlier about his new signings .....

"I am delighted to welcome the lads to the Etihad all of them bring a little something to the team and that is what you want as a manager. John Terry is somebody i have tried to sign before, he is a born leader and a rock in the heart of the defence he has been made club captain with immediate effect,
Ozyakup is still a young lad, he has a lot still to learn but with the quality we have he will prosper and grow into a fine player i am sure of that.

Aleksandr and Kevin bring us attacking intent and versatility. Alek is still a young boy but 21 goals in 44 games shows he is a natural finisher and they are hard to find.
I tried to sign Kevin when i first arrived and was told no. Thankfully for us circumstances changed at Bournemouth and we got a deal done although i am very sad to lose Bernard who i have no doubt will become a fine player.

The squad is coming along nicely and i would be happy if it stayed as it was but this is football and we know how quickly things can change"


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