Date: 31st August 2010 at 9:12am
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Good news in town this morning. Shay Given has pledged to fight for the City gloves. In not so good news, signing titanic Roque Santa Cruz might stay on the pay roll too…

Given’s initial fury at losing the number one goalkeeping slot to England’s Joe Hart following serious shoulder surgery has subsided. Upon reflection and discussion with City’s footballing hierarchy, Ireland’s number one has decided to remain in Manchester.

Which knackers the plans of two clubs. Mark Hughes was intent upon bringing Given to Fulham which would have released Mark Schwarzer to Arsenal. Be interesting to see how that one pans out today.

Meanwhile, arguably the worst signing in the history of Manchester City, Roque Santa Cruz, who cost a ludicrous £17,500,000 from Blackburn Rovers is reported to be getting cold feet over a move to Italy and Lazio.

Many’s the Blue who’ll be hoping he does one. The current Crocky statistics make for grim reading indeed:

7 League and Cup Starts costing £2,500,000 each.

4 League and Cup goals costing £4,375,000 each.

And in other news, British record signing Robinho moves closer to his own Eastlands exit. Assorted Milanese agenst directors and lawyers will be arriving at Ringway today intent on bringing the brilliantly talented lightweight striker into Silvio Berlusconi’s care.

The sooner that chapter is closed and learned from, the better.

More transfer shenanigans on VMC as they rumble in…




 

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