The other shoe has dropped, as we suspected it would, and having been left at home for the South African tour it is now pretty obvious that Elano is on his way out of the club. I am really annoyed at this. It is everything that is wrong about Hughes and lends credence to the opinion of many that Hughes is incapable of managing superstar players. I'm sorry, I don't care how many great players we bring in from different countries if a player starts for Brazil and can't make it into the line up at City the presumption until proven otherwise is that it is the fault of the manager not the player.
The first rumour is that Elano will head for Cologne on loan. Hopefully this is true giving the club the option of keeping Elano should Hughes fail in managing the other star players that he has brought in. Yes I'm ticked off by this. I think Elano is a singular talent.
Update:... One of our regular readers has pointed out that his may be a silly season rumour based on Elano playing in the Confederations Cup. My point stands that Elano should be playing, but maybe the rumour mill got me this time!
At least it was nice to see Mark Hughes go on the offensive and point to the assembled media what we've been saying here for a week. You can't tap up a player when his current club is the one that publicized the official approach in the first place. The fact that the average Chelsea fan seems unable to grasp this concept speaks volumes.
Meanwhile United are in the position of having players wanting to leave their club and you can see that it's a new experience. Poor old Sir Purple Nose doesn't know what to say. One week the team offered Tevez a deal, then it's he tried to call him and now Tevez isn't worth the money that City paid. Kind of helps if you get your story straight when commenting to the press. If he's not worth 25 million then why did the club offer him a contract hmmmm?
And speaking of United Rio Ferdinand of all people making perfect sense. The United defender is quoted today talking about the injection of cash into City, but adds that this season will be like last year but with Arsenal more in the mix and a possible challenge from Everton, Spurs or City. This is not good. I think he's 100% correct!