Injury-free Rodwell relishing fight for places at Man City and England

Jack Rodwell is looking forwards to establishing himself as an England international and Manchester City regular now he is fit and injury-free, the Daily Mail has reported, with the former Everton midfielder equally keen to take England U-21s to the 2013 European Championships.

Rodwell made his senior England bow in late 2011 but was struck down by injury shortly after, missing much of the latter half of the Premier League season with Everton and missing out on a chance to go to Euro 2012 with the full national team.

A summer departure from Goodison Park to league champions City has brought questions as to how often Rodwell will feature in the first team, such is the depth of Roberto Mancini’s squad, but Rodwell insists he is not concerned about that.

He said: “I have not got a bad word to say about the club. If Manchester City want you and they sign you, then they have got intent for you. Young players have got a choice then and if they go, they will be managed in the right direction. You can’t turn the league champions down.

Rodwell added that he has recently been hampered by a succession of muscle injuries, dating back to his time at Everton, which led the Toffees to send their academy product to one of Europe’s leading specialists to correct the issue. Now fully fit, Rodwell believes he can again make an impact on the national scene.

Bursaspor near to Toure deal

Turkish side Bursaspor are being strongly linked with a move for Manchester City central defender Kolo Toure.

The manager, Ertugrul Saglam told Dogan News Agency: “We have been talking with Kolo Toure for two days: we’re talking about the most important operation by a Turkish club. Obviously we can’t say anything is certain until we put pen on paper, but we are working hard to complete the deal.”

Man City eye Liverpool defender Skrtel

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has emerged as a suprise target for newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Reds centre-back has been in talks with the Merseyside club over a renewal of his contract, and the player will now have the opportunity to decide whether he sees his long-term future at Anfield.

Man City are thought to be looking for depth for their defence, which this season has seen Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott impress.

The interest in Skrtel, reported in the Daily Post, will worry Reds fans who were disappointed with their eight place finish last season, and are looking for an increase of quality, rather than losing their best players.

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