Pellegrini seeks new blood for City

Manager keen to fill void after Balotelli, Tevez exit.

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Pellegrini maintained that results were irrelevant after so little pre-season training. PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is sure he will add to his attacking options before the start of the new season.

City are keen to add to their strike force after selling Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez to AC Milan and Juventus since the start of the year.

The Etihad Stadium side have been strongly linked with Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

With Sergio Aguero yet to link up with the squad’s pre-season trip to South Africa, Edin Dzeko is the only senior forward at Pellegrini’s disposal.

But, having seen his team beaten 2-0 by Supersport in his first game in charge at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday, he is confident that there will be additions before the new campaign begins.

“We are working on new players that can arrive at Manchester City,” said Pellegrini. “We are not in a hurry to bring them now but we are clear that we need two or three more players.

“It’s important to have a very good squad. I said before we came to South Africa that we needed to play for each position and that’s what we are looking for and I’m sure that we will have it.”

New signing Jesus Navas and fellow Spain international David Silva will not join their teammates until the trip to Hong Kong next week but Aguero and fellow Argentina player Pablo Zabaleta are set to join the squad this week.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013.

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