Manchester City has emerged as a ‘dream’ move for one player as the English champions retain their domestic crown.
The Lowdown: Pep’s relentless blues…
The Sky Blues cemented their status as top flight champions in the most unthinkable fashion on Sunday after coming back from 2-0 down at home to Aston Villa.
Three goals in the space of five minutes late-on courtesy of an inspired Ilkay Gundogan (2) and long-distance specialist Rodri sealed Pep Guardiola’s fourth league title in five seasons whilst ending Liverpool’s hopes of a quadruple.
Ten years on from Sergio Aguero’s iconic 93:20 goal, a historic moment which clinched City’s first ever Premier League title, supporters witnessed a near-carbon copy of the drama with a relentless comeback at Eastlands.
Summing up the incredible mentality Guardiola has instilled in this squad and elite character, it’s easy to see why players from all over Europe would be attracted by a move to City.
The Latest: Aiwu eyes ‘dream’ City move…
Speaking to Kicker, Rapid Wien defender Emanuel Aiwu has now admitted that east Manchester is a ‘dream’ move as he aspires to one day play under Guardiola.
Waxing lyrical over the league-winners, he also states that City are his ‘favourite club’ as he eyes a move to England one day.
“I think some leagues have their appeal, be it German, Italian, Spanish or French. For me personally, the Premier League is currently the most attractive because it is the most difficult. Every team has an enormously high quality. The pace and intensity are very high. We noticed for ourselves when we played West Ham how fast the pace was. My favourite club is Manchester City and my favourite player is Yaya Toure, he made me a fan. It would be a dream for me to wear this jersey one day.”
The Verdict: Get in line…
Reports have suggested that some big name players are also enticed by the possibility of joining City, most recently the likes of Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) and in-demand attacking sensation Darwin Nunez (Benfica).
While competition to sign for Guardiola seems fierce, according to reports, Aiwu may well be a name to keep watch over given his real potential.
Football Talent Scout Jack Kulig has labelled the 21-year-old a ‘complete’ and ‘dominant’ centre-half with his manager Ferdinand Feldhofer certainly showing faith in him at Rapid.
According to WhoScored, Aiwu was a mainstay over the Austrian outfit’s Europa League campaign – playing the joint-most minutes alongside goalkeeper Paul Gartier.
In that time, he also managed the joint-second most interceptions per 90 (1.8) and even completed the third-highest rate of dribbles – impressive for a defender (WhoScored).
Given Aiwu has now confirmed his desire to one day join City, we believe sporting director Txiki Begiristain and co should keep on eye on his progress at the Allianz Stadion.
In other news: Pep blown away by ‘phenomenal’ £25m man as Man City become main bidders to sign him! Find out more here.
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