Star target slams City offer

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Shakhtar Donetsk star Darijo Srna has pointed to a lack of achievement at Manchester City as the reason why he won’t go there, all but closing the door on any interest City has in the winger.

'We have a very strong team. Even (Barcelona coach) Pep Guardiola, after the game with Arsenal, said he did not want to take on Shakhtar,” he told reporters.

“If I had not developed as a player here I would probably have left the team. But where should I go if I play in a team that two years ago won the UEFA Cup and every year play in the Champions League?”


Manchester City went on a multi million pound spending spree in 2008 in order to re-establish the club as an English top flight side, however it is still nearly 35 years since the side have won a trophy. At the end of last season, City narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification and had to contend with competing for the Europa League trophy.

Srna offered the explanation that City’s player relationships are not close enough. “All the players [at Shakhtar Donetsk] are friends.

“One can take Manchester City: if you look at the names of their players, they are one of the best teams in Europe. Players, bench, coach – everything is there – but they struggle to deliver the goods.

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