Sturridge set for shock return?
- Sat 25 Aug 2012, 9:17AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Could former Academy striker Daniel Sturridge be set to make a shock return to City?
The story comes from an unlikely source – The Kenyan Daily Post – but it’s worth noting that Roberto Mancini has stated previously he rates the Chelsea striker highly and the player has indicated privately he would love to return to City one day.
If, as it appears, the England forward is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, perhaps one of the shock transfers of the current window is not as far-fetched as it seems?
The KDP write: “Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has joined Premier League Champions, Manchester City, in the race to secure the signature of unsettled Chelsea striker, Daniel Sturridge.
“The 22 year old has hitherto expressed his desire to quit the Stamford Bridge outfit after he complained of being played out of position and Chelsea’s new signings do not make his situation any better.
“Mancini is known to be a huge admirer of the diminutive striker and has previously spoken of his disappointment that the forward was sold to Chelsea shortly before he took over as City manager.”
Meanwhile, another media outlet most Blues wouldn’t usually seek for information (at least as a first port of call), The Thurrock Gazette, quotes Adam Johnson who yesterday sealed a move to boyhood idols Sunderland.
A popular winger during his time with the Blues, AJ admits he left in search of regular first-team football – something he couldn’t be guaranteed at City.
The Gazette writes: “Johnson cited manager Martin O'Neill as a major factor in his return to the north east after completing his move from Manchester City to Sunderland on Friday night.
“The former Middlesbrough winger signed a four-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. He told Sunderland's website: ‘It's great to have signed and it's a fresh start.’
“He went on: ‘Coming back to the north east and Martin O'Neill were the two main factors, especially the gaffer and listening to what he had to say to me. He made it clear just how much he wanted me to come here. To know that and feel wanted and appreciated made me feel that it was the right choice to sign.’”