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  • Syrette 20 Jan 2014 23:54:47 43,600 posts
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    arials101 wrote:
    Tim Sherwood has been quoted in the papers talking about Bentaleb (who has only been in the country for two years) possibly electing to play for England
    I hope he means England U21s.

  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jan 2014 07:29:42 39,464 posts
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    I'm not so sure about that. City are the least cuntish out of the super rich in the Pl.

    I'd rather Arsenal won it personally :)

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • King_Edward 21 Jan 2014 07:36:48 11,454 posts
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    Can't see Mata to United. Surely he wants Champions League football?
  • mikew1985 21 Jan 2014 07:55:13 12,798 posts
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    However unlikely it is that he'd join us, pretty much every major outlet seems to be running with it as a story.

    All reporting in or around 37 million as well.

    Seems a lot personally, though I can't see Chelsea shifting him for less really. Would rather we spunk that kind of money on someone like Gundogan but would be a massive boost to sign any player of the quality of Mata.
  • mikew1985 21 Jan 2014 08:15:19 12,798 posts
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    Neville's thoughts sum it up better than I.
  • Deckard1 21 Jan 2014 08:41:40 28,262 posts
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    Yeah I can't see him fitting in at United. He's a good player for one.
  • Ziz0u 21 Jan 2014 08:48:15 8,395 posts
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    Are Man United really going to be able to get Pogba? Surely every big club wants him.
  • King_Edward 21 Jan 2014 08:48:38 11,454 posts
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    Surprised United aren't looking at Cabaye. Maybe not good enough long term, but a decent stop gap, and fits the mold for a United CM perfectly.
  • Punctum 21 Jan 2014 09:02:31 937 posts
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    @King_Edward
    Agree. I think he would blossom in that side. Excellent player and knows the league.
  • Youthist 21 Jan 2014 09:03:06 10,021 posts
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    Reallysorry wrote:
    If we got Mata and helped Chelsea win the league by taking points off their rivals I'd be doubly happy as City wouldn't have won it :)
    Really Sorry about that

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • kalel 21 Jan 2014 09:29:08 87,933 posts
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    arials101 wrote:
    Well seeing as he wouldn't be eligible for England until he's 22 ...no.

    The same article says that Algeria want to call him into their next senior squad, and if he's any good France will come calling before he's 22. I hope the media isn't going to start writing puff pieces about every young foreign player who gets capped in the Premier League before they get capped by their country.
    In the last World Cup Germany had half a squad of players that were naturalised, and they were all courted as early as possible. it's how you get them, otherwise they go and play for Poland or Turkey or wherever they were born.

    You might as well do it. It gives you options. Nobody is saying Benteleb or Januzaj should or would play for England, just that they could, and it's an option worth keeping open.

    Or we could just rely on our own excellent youth development system I guess.
  • TheMayorOfJugs 21 Jan 2014 09:33:10 3,671 posts
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    Youthist wrote:
    Reallysorry wrote:
    If we got Mata and helped Chelsea win the league by taking points off their rivals I'd be doubly happy as City wouldn't have won it :)
    Really Sorry about that
    If I'm really sorry, and he's Reallysorry, and my friend is Rielie Tsawri...... Whos really sorry?
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jan 2014 09:37:03 39,464 posts
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    Why the flipping fuck do we need to stick to one "philosophy" anyway?

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2014 09:38:03 60,159 posts
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    Say what you want about there being no value in the market, at least its a philosophy, man.

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  • Kay 21 Jan 2014 09:42:23 17,905 posts
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    So basically that's Rooney going to Chelsea in the summer then. One main reason for why I can see Mata to Utd happening.
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jan 2014 09:43:23 39,464 posts
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    We should shoot Rooney in the face before the summer then.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Boriska 21 Jan 2014 09:43:51 103 posts
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    Surely Mata wants Champions League football next year though?
  • mikew1985 21 Jan 2014 09:44:36 12,798 posts
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    I agree, however that would take all value out of the signing imo.
  • mikew1985 21 Jan 2014 09:46:01 12,798 posts
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    Boriska wrote:
    Surely Mata wants Champions League football next year though?
    I'm sure any football at all and the World cup are more pressing concerns for him!
  • Boriska 21 Jan 2014 09:48:05 103 posts
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    A loan would be a very logical move for all parties, Mata gets to play football for the rest of the season, United finally get a good midfielder in the team, Chelsea strengthen a team they don't play again and boost United's chances of taking points off of Arsenal and City.
  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2014 09:48:52 60,159 posts
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    The problem with a loan is that it makes Utd look absolutely pathetic.

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  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jan 2014 09:53:48 39,464 posts
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    Well nick, we are pretty pathetic at the moment.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • LeoliansBro 21 Jan 2014 09:55:28 44,420 posts
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    If Man Utd come strong in the second half of the season (and they really should given that squad), I could see why being labelled 'the Jan transfer that saved Utd' might appeal to the likes of Mata.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 21 Jan 2014 09:59:27 87,933 posts
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    I just feel like all the top Spanish clubs would be more than happy to give Chelsea their money back and then some for Mata, and then he can go back and play in his home country where he's better suited and appreciated, and more likely to make an impression in a World Cup year. And that's also much better for Chelsea to get him out of England.

    Perhaps he'll go to United but it just seems such a shit solution to the issue for Mata.

    Edited by kalel at 10:01:29 21-01-2014
  • Orange 21 Jan 2014 10:04:21 4,822 posts
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    The only Spanish club that has space for Mata is Atletico, and I doubt they would be able to pay more than 20 million, if that.
  • kalel 21 Jan 2014 10:06:43 87,933 posts
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    Don't agree. He's the kind of player you find space for.
  • Reallysorry 21 Jan 2014 10:15:17 285 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Don't agree. He's the kind of player you find space for.
    Was just about to say the exact same thing.

    He's still only 25, he scored 21 goals from midfield last season & contributed 29 assists so to me that's a huge improvement on anyone in uniteds midfield ATM.
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jan 2014 10:16:26 39,464 posts
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    We have an ATM?!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Orange 21 Jan 2014 10:18:31 4,822 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Don't agree. He's the kind of player you find space for.
    Madrid didn't even have space for Ozil, and Barca didn't have space for Thiago. Mata is a good player, but not enough to fit in with either of them.
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