Manchester City youngster Guidetti delighted at signing new deal

John Guidetti is targeting a spot in Manchester City’s first team after signing a new contract with the Premier League champions.

Guidetti was brought to the club in 2009 by Sven-Goran Eriksson, and has since had spells away at Burnley and Feyenoord. After an incredible season at De Kuip last term, that saw him score 20 goals in just 23 appearances, Guidetti made his senior international debut in February.

“I’ve seen how much the club has turned into one of the biggest in the world,” he told City’s official website.

“It’s great to be a part of it and to have a management and a club that believes in you is very important. City have shown that and I’m very happy.

“I’ve been here for a long time, since I was young. They’re the ones that helped me grow and develop into the player I am today, so I’m very grateful for that.

“There’s so many fantastic football players and staff and people working here, and so all the players teach you new things, all the staff teach you and help you to develop.

“You have the best medical team, you have the best everything. To be at a place that has everything at the best is fantastic.”

City have a host of fully-fledged international strikers at their disposal including Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko.

Despite all the competition to even earn a place on the bench, Guidetti is determined to prove his worth to Roberto Mancini.

“Who doesn’t like competitive? If everything was easy it wouldn’t be fun would it?” he added.

“I know I’m going to learn so much from all the great strikers that are here. I’m only young, so if I can train every day with the best strikers in the world then it’s going to help me, because if I can watch how they are in training, I can try to do the same and hopefully improve.

“I like the competition. I think that it will bring out the best in everyone.”

Guidetti was delighted to be included in City’s 25-man Champions League squad this term and is pushing for a place in the squad after recovering from injury.

He said: “It’s close [full fitness after the injury] and it was a great honour to be part of the Champions League squad.

“I hope we can kick off the Champions League in a great manner and go on to the final stages and I hope we can do something good at that because we have a fantastic team and fantastic management.”

“Of course it would be to develop and try to become as good as I can and try to start playing for City regularly – more first team football every week.

“Just to play in front of the great fans here and try to maybe bring home some medals. That would be a dream for me, to start playing for Manchester City.”

Ibrahimovic: No AC Milan nostalgia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he has no nostalgia for AC Milan as he’s fully committed to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Sweden international recently revealed that the Rossoneri are the only club he could return to in the future, but his fond memories of his time at San Siro don’t mean that he intends to return any time soon.

“Nostalgia for AC Milan? No, I don’t have any nostalgia for Milan or for Italy as a country,” Ibrahimovic stated to Sky Sport Italia.

“All I’m thinking about is winning everything possible with Paris Saint-Germain. We are only halfway through the project at PSG.”

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has hinted that the attacker could very well end his career at the Ligue 1 giants.

“Ibra found his smile again at Milan after what happened at Barcelona under Pep Guardiola. He said he was happy at Milan, but that’s the case at PSG as well.

“I don’t know whether Paris Saint-Germain will be his last club, but it will be hard to get anything better than this.”

The 31-year-old has a contract with les Parisiens until June 2015.

Poll of the Day: Which club should Nani join?

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Manchester United winger Nani may not be at Old Trafford much longer with, Goal.com exclusively revealing that Juventus have joined Italian rivals AC Milan in the chase to sign the Portugal international.

The Rossoneri want to sign Nani for £12 million – some way short of the £17m Sir Alex Ferguson paid Sporting Lisbon for the player in 2007. Milan have struggled for form so far this season after a summer of high-profile departures and currently sit in mid-table.

Serie A champions, and current leaders, Juventus are also in the hunt, and they may prove a more exciting prospect for Nani. Antonio Conte’s side are on a mammoth unbeaten run and look set to seal another league crown at this early stage.

Meanwhile, Russian giants Zenit expressed an interest over the summer. The cash-rich Russians made a blockbusting move for Hulk and Axel Witsel in the summer and may look for another marquee signing as they look to become a European superpower.

Nani has made more than 200 appearances for the Old Trafford side in a five-year spell with club, but has frequently been in and out of the side, and has struggled to make as strong an impression as his Portuguese team-mate and former United hero Cristiano Ronaldo.

And with Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa coming to Manchester over the summer, Sir Alex looks like he could be ready to discard the Cape Verde-born player.

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Coritiba complete signing of Alex

Coritiba have announced on their official website that they have secured the services of Alex on a free transfer.

The Brazilian outfit were keen to add some more experience to their squad, and have now found their man in the 35-year-old attacking midfielder.

“I’ve always dreamed of my return, but I’m insignificant comparing to Coritiba and its supporters. Now we all need to make this dream come true,” the forward stated.

“For all of you that dream about a strong and victorious Coritiba, I ask that you’ll be at Couto Thursday afternoon.”

Alex started his professional career at Coritiba in 1995, and had since worn the jerseys of clubs such as Palmeiras, Flamengo, Parma, Cruzeiro and Fenerbahce.

He had been available on a free ever since leaving the Turkish giants earlier this month.

Andre Ayew committed to Marseille

Andre Ayew has made it clear that he’s happy to stay at Olympique de Marseille, and is unaware of the club’s intention to cash in on him in the upcoming transfer window.

President Vincent Labrune recently stated that the French outfit are ready to sell the Ghanaian and Loic Remy this winter in order to balance the books, but the attacker is very pleased with life at the Ligue 1 table-toppers.

“I was not aware of Labrune’s words. I am feeling very well at Marseille,” Ayew was quoted as saying on the official Ligue 1 website.

“If the club has decisions to make and want to sell, we will have to get together and discuss the matter.

“However, I repeat that I am happy here. I’m on my way back and I am completely focused on doing well with Marseille.”

The 22-year-old attacker has a contract with les Phoceens until June 2015.