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City Summary – December 2: City/Chelsea build-up, Valencia cool on Mangala, Fernandinho tips Jesus for greatness,

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Match day may be approaching but for now we are afraid you will have to make do with today’s news! Time to unleash that Friday Feeling ahead of tomorrow’s action with our City Summary:

With all eyes on tomorrow’s televised lunchtime clash with Chelsea, Raheem Sterling has sat down with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, admitting that his rejuvenation this season is partly down to cutting out the distractions in his life from last year.

Aside from his renewed form this season Sterling has also spoken of his need for regular first-team action without any interruptions, before reasserting his own hunger for City to continue fighting even in the most difficult of matches.

After touching down in Manchester last night, Fernandinho has already been heaping praise on new-boy Gabriel Jesus and is extremely confident that the young Brazilian will be a hit in the Premier League and reach his full potential here in Manchester.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has also been speaking about former club team-mate Kevin de Bruyne, acknowledging not only his fellow country-man’s lack of opportunities at Chelsea but also the confidence which has led to his impressive performances at Manchester City.

Meanwhile in his pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola has been talking all things fitness. As well as confirming that everybody is available for selection except Vincent Kompany, Guardiola has also stressed the importance of resting players during a busy fixture schedule.

After being pictured yesterday evening with Manchester City’s Brazilian trio Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Fernando it was the new signing’s bottle of Coca Cola that raised debate in today’s press-conference with Guardiola admitting players can drink such drinks, just not too often!

Guardiola also alluded to one his former Barcelona strikers Pedro and his killer instinct in-front of goal, hoping that the in-form Spaniard doesn’t have one of his better days tomorrow.

When asked about fellow Premier League newbie Antonio Conte, Guardiola recognised both Conte’s and Chelsea’s early rough patch this season before applauding Chelsea’s recent good for; a testament to how good of a team they are says Pep.

In his own pre-match press conference, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has spoke of his personal disappointment regarding Kevin de Bruyne’s Chelsea departure in 2014, referring to it as ‘a pity’ that he is no longer at the club.

Away from the Premier League and across Europe to La Liga and Spanish newspaper Plaza Deportivo have reported that Valencia are unlikely to take up their option to sign loanee Eliaquim Mangala next season unless he agrees to a substantial wage reduction next season.

Finally make sure not to forget to vote for Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola after both received nominations for November’s Player and Manager of the Month respectively – links to vote for both are available below!

That’s it for today. Keep your eyes peeled on @City_Watch and the site, day and night, as we work to deliver the latest City news, views, and other high-quality content.

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