The international break is finally over and no more fixtures are scheduled until March meaning Manchester City can focus fully on returning to the summit of the Premier League.

City were defeated by Liverpool prior to the break but received some good news earlier in the week which will be a lift to the side ahead of the visit from Chelsea on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Ederson - who missed the clash against Liverpool through injury - was a welcome sight on the training pitch as the Blues began their preparations to face a Frank Lampard side in excellent form.

On the transfer front, City have been linked with a January move for Leicester City defender - Caglar Soyuncu. Reports in Turkey suggest City have been impressed with the 23-year-old's performances this season and will go head to head with Man United.

Recap all the latest City news on our blog below.

Ilkay Gundogan gives injury update on Man City winger Leroy Sane

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has issued an injury update on teammate Leroy Sane prior to this weekend’s clash with Chelsea in the Premier League .

Sane has been sidelined since suffering an injury in the Community Shield win against Liverpool and required surgery to solve the problem.

The winger is expected to be out until 2020 at the earliest and has been heavily linked with a January transfer to Bayern Munich with no progress made on a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

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Leroy Sane of Manchester City.
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John Terry fails spectacularly with dig at Man City and Liverpool FC stars

Former Chelsea defender John Terry has failed epically in his attempt to take aim at Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah.

The Aston Villa assistant manager claimed both players weren’t good enough to play for Jose Mourinho ‘s Chelsea.

The former Manchester United boss managed both De Bruyne and Salah but allowed them to leave the club, only for them to return to England with City and Liverpool to enjoy tremendous success.

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John Terry took aim at De Bruyne and Salah during an interview
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Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp questions Man City's Premier League campaign

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant the Premier League title race isn’t over but is confident that Manchester City will drop more points during the tussle at the top.

Liverpool opened up an eight-point advantage prior to the international break after a 3-1 victory at Anfield, putting themselves in the driving seat to win their first league title in three decades.

While Liverpool do boast a significant margin, Klopp believes there is still plenty of twists and turns ahead but adds that he does not anticipate facing pressure to win every game.

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Claudio Bravo 'tempted by' MLS move

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is tempted by a move to the MLS, reports say.

Chilean outlet El Mercurio claim the former Barcelona shot stopper is interested in a move to the United States and could join City Football Group side New York City FC.

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Klinsmann talks up Sane

Former Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann has praised Leroy Sane and the City winger’s international teammate Leroy Sane after they secured their place at Euro 2020.

“We have with Serge Gnabry, who has a gigantic year behind him,” Klinsmann said.

“And with Leroy Sane two mega-offensive forces that would tear everyone [apart].”

Fernandinho speaks out on new role

Fernandinho has said he feels good playing in central defence for Manchester City but knows he can improve in the unfamiliar position.

Injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones at the beginning of the season have meant Fernandinho has had to fill in in a deeper role on occasions, with summer signing Rodri taking his position at the base of City’s midfield.

Read what the Brazilian had to say here.

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Pellegrini's verdict on Mourinho

Former City boss Manuel Pellegrini has given his take on his relationship with new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

Pellegrini and Mourinho will lock horns this weekend when West Ham take on Tottenham.

“He is not my friend but he is not my enemy either,” Pellegrini said in his press conference today.

“Maybe I think a different way but he is not my enemy. Everyone has their options to play football the way they want and what they want to say.”

Manuel Pellegrini with the Premier League trophy.
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Pulisic 'expected to miss Chelsea's trip to City'

Christian Pulisic is set to miss Chelsea’s game away to City this weekend, according to The Sun.

The winger did not report for international duty with the United States during the recent break due to to a hip problem.

Ball: Shinawatra used to do the team talks!

Former City defender Michael Ball has revealed how Sheikh Mansour’s predecessor Thaksin Shinawatra often did team talks in the dressing room.

“Sometimes the chairman came down to do a team talk,” Ball told planetfootball.

“I think a lot of the players were down and doing that thing you do in the classroom – looking up to see if anyone’s laughing. It was just a strange thing and Sven just took a back step and let him do what he wanted.

“We left the changing room and looked at each other, shrugged and said ‘what was that all about?’

“I think Sven knew there wasn’t much he could have done.

“They were things that I’ve never witnessed before, but it was all part of the madness at the time.

“When you’re winning it’s good, but when it started to go a bit pear-shaped it was difficult.”

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Redknapp tells City to prioritise European success

Harry Redknapp has backed Liverpool to win the league this season and told City to focus on ending their Champions League hoodoo.

“I can’t see any other outcome than Liverpool winning it,” Redknapp told the Mail.

“I mean, absolutely for me, it’s an impossibility. I can’t even see Liverpool losing.

“I think Man City will chase them for a while, then I think they will realise that Liverpool aren’t slipping up and then I think they will put all their eggs in the Champions League basket.”

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Why Pochettino should be considered to replace Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was always the ultimate prize for the Manchester City hierarchy.

So proud were the club when they finally landed one of the best managers in the game that they declared negotiations before his 2016 appointment as “a recommencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012”. The higher-ups had been trying for years to secure Guardiola and were not afraid to let everyone know.

Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano could hardly have asked for it to go much better. The Champions League may remain elusive but the former Barcelona supremo has transformed a squad that scraped fourth place under Manuel Pellegrini to record the two highest points tallies in the history of the Premier League.

Having put so much effort into getting Guardiola, the big question looming is how they carry on without him. The departure may not come as soon as Bayern Munich hope but it is close enough for City bosses to be lining up their options.

This is why Mauricio Pochettino should be a leading contender for the role.

Pep Guardiola reaction to Jose Mourinho should help Man City vs Chelsea

When Jose Mourinho last took a managerial job he was seen as the one man who could stop Pep Guardiola from dominating yet another league, making life a nightmare for his old La Liga sparring partner.

Instead, it was Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham who brought the new Manchester City project back down to earth; a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane brought their first defeat and left Guardiola purring about everything that Spurs had to the extent that he bought Kyle Walker at the end of his first season.

By the time Pochettino was inflicting arguably the most heartbreaking moment of Guardiola’s Etihad tenure so far in that dramatic Champions League quarter-final, Mourinho had been unemployed for months after failing to have the impact he was hailed for.

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Man City icon claims Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect Pep Guardiola successor

Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has declared that Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect successor to Pep Guardiola one day at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham announced the sacking of Pochettino on Tuesday evening, bringing an end to his five-year stint in North London, and confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on Wednesday.

Pochettino’s availability is likely to attract plenty of interest given the success he enjoyed during his time with Tottenham, where the highlight was guiding the club to last season’s Champions League final.

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Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
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Gabriel Jesus gives verdict on Liverpool FC ace Mohamed Salah and Man City teammate Riyad Mahrez

Gabriel Jesus has given his verdict on Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah and his Manchester City teammate Riyad Mahrez while on international duty with Brazil.

The Man City striker was called up for his country for the recent international friendlies against fierce rivals Argentina and South Korea.

Brazil were under pressure after going six games without a win prior to the fixture against South Korea where they secured a 3-0 win.

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