Oleksandr Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko set for new Manchester City deal?

Premier League champions Manchester City reportedly offer utility player Oleksandr Zinchenko a new long-term contract. Manchester City utility player Oleksandr Zinchenko is reportedly close to penning a new long-term contract. Despite Pep Guardiola giving Zinchenko an opportunity to earn first-team football elsewhere last summer, the Ukraine international opted to remain at the Etihad Stadium in a bid to win over his manager. The decision ultimately paid off as Zinchenko regularly deputised for the injured Benjamin Mendy at left-back, making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions. According to The Telegraph, the 22-year-old’s performances have resulted in Guardiola being happy to offer him the opportunity to sign a five-year deal. The report suggests that an official agreement...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Watford – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the 138th FA Cup final, including team news and predicted lineups, as Manchester City go in search of a treble against Watford. The 138th FA Cup final takes place on Saturday evening as treble-chasing Manchester City take on underdogs Watford at Wembley Stadium. City have already won the EFL Cup at the national stadium this season, followed up by lifting the Premier League, and now only the Hornets stand between them and a place in history. Man City © Reuters Since the introduction of the EFL Cup in 1960, no English side has ever managed to win a clean sweep of major honours on offer in a single season. After beating Chelsea in February’s EFL Cup final and finishing a point above Liverpool in a thrilling title race, City are on the verge of crossing off another i...

Manchester City ‘to trigger Ben Chilwell release clause’

Manchester City will reportedly trigger the £42m release clause in Ben Chilwell’s contract with Leicester City. Manchester City are reportedly preparing to trigger the £42m release clause in Ben Chilwell‘s contract. The England international has been in fine form for Leicester City during the 2018-19 campaign – contributing five assists in 35 Premier League appearances from full-back. Chilwell only penned a new long-term contract with the Foxes in October 2018, but according to The Telegraph, the deal included a £42m release clause, which City will trigger in this summer’s transfer window. Left-back has been area of concern for the English champions, with Benjamin Mendy struggling for fitness. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph have both operated in that area of t...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Leicester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. The pressure remains on Manchester City ahead of Monday’s home match against Leicester City following Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle United. A late winner for the Reds at St James’ Park lifted them above City into top spot, ensuring that the title race will go right down to the final day, regardless of how the Citizens get on in their game in hand. Man City © Reuters This time 12 months ago the only target in sight for Pep Guardiola was to reach triple figures in terms of points in what was a magical Premier League campaign. Now, with games against Leicester and Brighton & Hove Albion (a) to come, Guardiola’s ...

Wednesday Papers: Ben Chilwell, Christopher Nkunku, Bernardo Silva

What the papers say Manchester City have calmed their interest in Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell, after the 22-year-old became subject of rumours he would leave the King Power in the summer. The Manchester Evening News reports Pep Guardiola is happy with his current options in the position of Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Arsenal are looking to Paris Saint-Germain to boost their attack as they hope to land midfielder Christopher Nkunku from the Ligue 1 winners, the Evening Standard says. The Gunners have been told they will have to fork out £17.2million for the 21-year-old who has scored four times this season. Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is wanted by a host of European sides (Mark Kerton/PA) Sticking with North London, and Tottenham have emerged as favourites to l...

Manchester City not in market for new left-back?

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly decides that he does not need to sign a new left-back during the summer transfer window. Manchester City have reportedly decided to keep faith in left-back Benjamin Mendy. City have been left short on that side of their backline due to two serious injuries to Mendy, and manager Pep Guardiola has previously suggested that he may look to bring in another option. However, according to Sky Sports News, City are ready to stick with their current crop of players who can be deployed in that position. Mendy will be provided with another chance to remain in the starting lineup, while Guardiola is happy with the progress of utility player Oleksandr Zinchenko. Danilo can also play in either full-back role, but the Brazilian is continuing to be linked with...

Oleksandr Zinchenko: ‘My season will only be great if we win the title’

Oleksandr Zinchenko claims his emergence this season will matter little if Manchester City do not secure the Premier League title. The Ukrainian, a bit-part player last term, has become Pep Guardiola’s first-choice left-back in recent months and featured again in Sunday’s vital 1-0 win at Burnley. The 22-year-old, who is principally an attacking midfielder, was initially seen as a temporary solution in the position after injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph but he is now holding his own. Zinchenko, left, helped City to a crucial win over Burnley on Sunday (Rui Vieira/AP) Guardiola’s faith in him has been underlined by his selection for the last three crucial Premier League games against Tottenham, Manchester United and the Clarets despite Mendy’s return to fi...

Result: Manchester City hold off Burnley to move to within two wins of title

Manchester City beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor through a second-half strike from Sergio Aguero to move to within two wins of retaining their Premier League title. Sergio Aguero struck shortly after the hour mark to earn Manchester City a tense 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon that moves them to within two wins of retaining their Premier League title. The Citizens struggled to get going throughout a quiet first half but they stepped things up right from the second-half kickoff, deservedly edging in front through Aguero’s shot that was awarded via goal-line technology. City came close to scoring a second through Gabriel Jesus‘s shot, stopped on the line by Ben Mee, but it was a nervy finale in Lancashire as they chucked on a fifth defender to hold on for all t...

Preview: Burnley vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor. Manchester City travel to Burnley this weekend knowing that they are just three games away from becoming the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title. The Citizens slipped back into second place on Friday following Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town, but they can reclaim top spot if they overcome a potential banana skin fixture in Lancashire. Burnley © Reuters The weight has been lifted off the shoulders of each and every Burnley player in what has been a far brighter second half of the season compared to the first. It was just over four months ago to the day that Burnley were thumped 5-1 at home to...

How Manchester City could line up vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Saturday’s crucial Premier League showdown with their European conquerors Tottenham Hotspur. Just three days after playing out a Champions League classic with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City face the same opposition again in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime. The match provides a quick opportunity for City to exact revenge having seen their quadruple hopes ended by their quarter-final exit, despite winning a seven-goal thriller 4-3 on the night. The decisive element of VAR will not be in use in the Premier League, of course, while this weekend the same scoreline would suit City much better and send them back to the top of the table until at least Sunday. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could set his sid...

Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium. The second of three matches between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the space of 11 days takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening as the sides face off for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Tottenham won last week’s quarter-final first leg 1-0 in North London and are now within 90 minutes of creating some personal history. City, who also welcome Spurs to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18 points better off than their opponents in the Premier League and had won three in a row against the Lilywhites prior to last Tuesday’s meeting. Ahead of this latest tussle betwe...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Man City and Tottenham Manchester City must overturn a first-leg deficit on home soil against Premier League opposition for the second season running in the Champions League quarter-finals as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium. Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game in last week’s clash in North London, after Sergio Aguero missed an early pen, to give Spurs a 1-0 advantage. Manchester City © Reuters Pep Guardiola surprised many by naming Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench for the first leg, leaving both players there until the final minute of the match. That was perhaps down to Guardiola knowing the result of the first leg wo...

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