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City shift focus to Dzeko after sorting Tevez future

21 Dec 2010 06:30:10

| Submit Comments| Comments (194)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCROWDED OUT: Carlos Tevez jumps with the Everton defenceManchester City will step up their efforts to sign Edin Dzeko next month, even after the news that Carlos Tevez is set to stay. The Blues lost Mario Balotelli with a knee injury in last night?s 2-1 home defeat by Everton, and the extent of the problem will be assessed on Tuesday. Manager Roberto Mancini does not feel Balotelli?s injury is serious, but he indicated that the Blues will still be looking to reinforce in the January transfer window, with a striker as priority. Dzeko has already indicated that he wants to join City, although Chelsea have since joined the hunt for a player who is still eligible to play in European competition in the second half of the season. Balotelli was quiet again against Everton, and was berated by both Mancini and Tevez for his work rate and positioning. But Mancini felt his side had deserved something from the game, bemoaning Everton?s status as City?s bogey team and the fact that referee Peter Walton failed to see clear handballs by Phil Neville and Tony Hibbert, the latter preventing David Silva?s shot from going in. ?It is strange that every time we have a penalty, the referee doesn?t see it,? said Mancini. ?Every year we have a strange game against Everton. Not in Liverpool last year, because then they deserved to win, but in the home game last season they had two chances and scored two goals ? it was the same again last night. ?Maybe it was because everyone was waiting to go top for the first time in 80 years, but I am frustrated for this because the supporters deserved it, and so did the players. ?But we must keep going because the season is very long and we will probably get another chance to go top.? What do you think? Have your say.


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