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The end of Bitter and Blue

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Well sort of.

This will be the last post on Bitter and Blue in its current guise as from today the blog has moved to join the team over at SBNation.

It was a tough decision to make and it will be strange to have the blog elsewhere after four and a bit years at its home here on Blogger, but I feel it is a really good opportunity to join up with them.

Bridge and Lescott nearing a return

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Slowly but surely, the squad is beginning to take on a healthier look - and is set to have a very competitive feel to it. After Patrick Vieira's return to training, defensive pair Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge are set to return over the next week:
WAYNE Bridge is set to shrug off the problems of his personal life and return to action for the Blues at Hull on Saturday.

Johnson talks about his move

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A nice interview in the Northern Echo with Adam Johnson in which he discusses his time at Middlesbrough and reasons for the move (and mentions interest from both Wolves and Sunderland), and in which talked a little about looking ahead to his time at the club:

"It's a big club, where I will learn and improve playing alongside top players every day.

Robinho's farewell

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Via the official site:

Vieira ready to go

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It appears as though Patrick Vieira is finally ready to make his debut for the club:

"It has been a frustrating spell with the injury. Thank God it is over and I am ready to start, " he said. I suffered it in the last game for Inter and did not realise it was that bad.

New contract for Petrov?

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Tucked away inside this article on plans for a US tour next summer is the news that we have offered a contract to Martin Petrov - with talks by all accounts 'enouraging':
City have offered Martin Petrov a new contract and are encouraged by the way the negotiations have gone with the Bulgaria international.

Club accused over Gago

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Judging by these comments, the agent of Fernando Gago and Real's Jorge Valdano are none too pleased with our conduct over the transfer that wasn't:

"City used us," Gago's agent Marcello Lombilla told radio station Onda Cero. "This has never happened to me before. I don't want to talk about the figures that City were offering because they approached Madrid without even knowing there wasn't physically enough time to put something together.

Benjani move confirmed

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As expected, the loan transfer of Benjani to Sunderland was confirmed today and it is all but certain that his career with us is now over with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

It is a good move for Benjani as he remains in the Premier League and goes to a side where he will likely see plenty of playing, something he would not be afforded (despite his recent stint as a stand-in) with the return of Emmanuel Adebayor.

A late, late deal for Benjani?

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So suggests ESPN, based on Steve Bruce's pre-match interview when he discussed the potential move:
Steve Bruce is hopeful Benjani will be joining the club after Sunderland's last-gasp move for the Manchester City striker.

Speaking before Monday night's ESPN game with Stoke Bruce said his club had got all the paperwork off on time and were awaiting confirmation.

Robinho keen on Santos stay

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"My goal is to stay for a long-time. If the president wants to extend my contract to four years that would be great."
>>Robinho on his unveiling at Santos.

My view when the loan deal was made was that was the last we will see of Robinho in a City shirt, being that far from a loan deal invigorating him and providing the necessary motivation for him to succeed with ourselves, it would merely strengthen any resolve to move from the club.

The lowdown on the Gago 'non-deal'

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The Guardian's man for all things La Liga, Sid Lowe, brings us some background on the reasons why a deal for Fernando Gago did not ultimately transpire:
Manchester City failed in last-minute efforts to sign the Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago in a deal worth a potential €18m (£15.

Mariga deal falls through.....and Inter nip in

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One deal that was expected to be a 'sure thing' today ended in frustrastion as McDonald Mariga slipped through our grasp and ended up signing for Inter in a co-ownership agreement with his current club Parma.

It appears as though a deal was agreed in principle, but as I anticipated a couple of days ago we ran into problems attaining a work permit for the Kenyan:

Mariga, who has 24 caps, met part of the UK criteria after playing in 75% of Kenya's games in the last two years.

Johnson signs

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The deal that many expected was finally confirmed just before the transfer deadline this afternoon as we landed Adam Johnson for an undisclosed fee:
The Club is delighted to announce that Adam Johnson has joined us from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee after agreeing terms and passing a medical this afternoon.

Kompany injury blow

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Some not so positive news following yesterdays victory:
Manchester City have been hit by a fresh injury problem with Vincent Kompany expected to be out for at least two weeks with a groin strain.

The big defender, who has been a revelation at centre-back during City's defensive injury crisis, limped out of Sunday's 2-0 win over Portsmouth.

Vidal joins Derby on loan

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Derby County have signed versatile Manchester City youngster Javan Vidal on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old England youth international can operate at right-back or on the right-hand side of midfield.

Vidal is yet to feature for City's first team but had loan spells with Grimsby and Aberdeen last season.