Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has declared his happiness with the club’s summer transfer window dealings so far – and confidence that they have all been above board. “He is a competitive player, he will be important for our team and we didn’t spend any money on him, so the rules of financial fair play don’t have any relation with Lampard.” Neither Lampard nor Sagna will be part of the squad for Sunday’s game – among eight City players set to miss out. That also includes Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and skipper Vincent Kompany, all of whom – like Sagna – were involved in the knockout rounds of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Alvaro Negredo is recovering from a foot injury. But there could be debuts for two other new signings City have made this summer in goalkeeper Willy Caballero and midfielder Fernando. And on the quartet of fresh faces at the club, Pellegrini said: “I’m very happy because I think we have important restrictions from UEFA, but I think we have a stronger team than last year. “The four players that have arrived for the moment will be very important for us.” City are also expected to wrap up a deal for Porto’s France defender Eliaquim Mangala, but Pellegrini was giving little away on that front on Friday. “I always say the same answer – when things are finished, we can talk about that,” he said. “For the moment, Mangala is not our player.” One player it had appeared City might lose this summer is midfielder Yaya Toure after his agent suggested the Ivory Coast international felt he had been treated disrespectfully by the club. Toure has since emphasised his commitment to City, though, saying he wants to stay with them for ”as long as possible”, and that was echoed by Pellegrini on Friday. “There were a lot of different reports about a lot of things but Yaya doesn’t have any problems,” Pellegrini said. “He works normally here, he wants to stay here, he is very happy here. “With most things that everyone talked about during the summer, I never heard Yaya talking about them – other people yes, but not Yaya.” Meanwhile, City have completed the signing of Argentina Under-20 international Bruno Zuculini. The 21-year-old midfielder, who joins from Argentinian side Racing Club, was part of City’s pre-season tours of Scotland and the United States and scored in the friendly against Kansas City. Zuculini, who is available for Sunday’s Community Shield against Arsenal, said on mcfc.co.uk: “I’m very excited about the future. I am looking forward to the experiences which this move will bring and to improving myself as a player.” Press Association The Barclays Premier League champions were in May hit with sanctions from UEFA for breaching financial fair play rules, and when asked about the Lampard deal, Wenger said: ”Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don’t know.” The Frenchman has also subsequently suggested that his compatriot Sagna’s move to City this summer following the conclusion of the full-back’s contract with Arsenal was “agreed a long time ago”. But asked on Friday if he was happy that everything as far as the Lampard and Sagna deals were concerned had been done correctly, Pellegrini – whose side face Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday – said: “I think so.” The Chilean added that he was “surprised” by Wenger’s comments, and also said: “I think as managers we have enough problems with our own teams to be talking about other teams. “The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player – we didn’t spend any money in bringing him from New York City to Manchester City.” Pellegrini is baffled by any negative reaction there has been to Lampard’s move, including from Chelsea fans that might be upset to see him at a Premier League rival after 13 years at Stamford Bridge. “I don’t understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor,” Pellegrini said. “The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea – Chelsea didn’t want him any more. Over the last few days the spotlight has been on City’s recruitment of Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna following comments made about both signings from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has arrived at the Etihad Stadium on loan until January from New York City FC – Manchester City’s American sister outfit, who the 36-year-old England international signed for earlier this summer.
As a senior in high school, Sterling Lowry had outlined the next few years of his life. He wanted to play his senior year of football at Nottingham (New York) High School, graduate with a diploma and move on to college football at either the Division III or Division I level, something he dreamt of since he was 5 years old, he said.On the first play from scrimmage in an exhibition against Waterloo High School, things changed.His head coach at the time, Nick Patterson, called a zone read running play. At quarterback, Lowry watched the defensive lineman zoned in on stopping the running back. Lowry, keeping his eye on the defender, sprinted toward the edge, around the side of his left tackle. The opposing linebacker raced toward Lowry and chose to dive at his lower body. As the Waterloo defender plunged forward, Lowry heard a pop in his left knee.Four years removed from a torn ACL and LCL in that knee, Wagner (1-0) senior captain and starting cornerback Lowry leads the Seahawks into the Carrier Dome this weekend to face Syracuse (1-0). The Syracuse native attended Nottingham, which is located about three miles east of SU. Last season, he started all 11 games for Wagner and recorded 39 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.After the ACL tear, Lowry completed extensive rehab during his senior season. Lowry’s stepfather, Shedrick Williams, was perhaps his biggest help. He made sure that his son was never just sitting idly by as he wallowed into despair over the possibility of a derailed football career. Dragging him along to the grocery store or forcing him to watch his brother’s basketball games, Lowry’s parents wanted to keep his mind active.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I have … wonderful people in my corner,” Lowry said. “They played a big part in my rehab and getting back to full strength.”About half a year later, Lowry was cleared by his doctors to return to action, said Sheldon Lloyd, Lowry’s defensive backs coach at Nottingham.At first, Lowry didn’t trust his athleticism. He was worried that if he pushed himself too hard, he would re-injure his leg.Instead, he focused on improving his mind. Lloyd, who also coached Lowry in Pop Warner, invited Lowry into his office. There, he watched film and studied how to become a better player.“He was always a smart kid and he always knew where to be on the field,” Lloyd said. “After he got hurt, he continued to work hard to get better. He wanted to improve in some way so he went ahead and got his mind right.” Now, as Lowry returns to central New York to face his hometown school, he’s a more complete player, he said. Following an arduous and extensive rehabilitation program, Lowry is quicker, stronger and more intelligent.Even though he’s only watched game tape of the pre-surgery Lowry, and never seeing that version in person, Wagner head coach Jason Houghtaling knows this version is an upgrade.“Ever since day one, he’s really been a team guy but he’s worked his tail off in the weight room,” Houghtaling said. “He’s gotten bigger and faster, and that’s translated onto the football field for sure.” Published on September 6, 2018 at 12:21 am Contact Adam: email@example.com | @_adamhillman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Hearts of Oak are on the verge of signing their first player in the off season after Dansoman based Liberty Professionals gave goalkeeper Daniel Agyei the all clear to discuss personal terms with the Phobians.Hearts are actively looking for a goalkeeper to provide the much needed competition to number one Soulama Abdoulaye after parting ways with youngster Seidu Mutawakilu and experienced Tetteh Luggard.The 20 time league champions see the former U-20 keeper as an ideal choice for the club with his quick reflexes and shot stopping skills brought to the fore time and again.The 26 year old is reportedly interested in joining Hearts and will require an amount in the region of $42,000 to seal the deal.Hearts have been quiet on the transfer front so far losing out on targets Ernest Sowah and Tuffour Frimpong to rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko.The Phobians have also dispensed with the services of midfielder Kofi Abanga and striker Gilbert Fiamenyo after failing to renew their contracts with the club upon expiration. The duo will be joined by defender Kweku Andoh who terminated his contract with the club after his playing time reduced drastically over the course of the seasonReports in the media also indicate the board has moved quickly to block the departure of key players after coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi placed them on the transfer list after failing to meet his requirement.The players include captain Robin Gnagne, full back Isaac Oduro, midfielders Issah Mummuni, Emmanuel Hayford and Ashitey Ollenu and forwards Eric Kumi and Selasie Adjei.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports