Man City star Kyle Walker names the one critic he listens to as surprise Joao Cancelo claim made

Kyle Walker of Manchester City in discussion with Joao Cancelo
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Manchester City, like many other clubs, have endured a quiet start to the summer transfer window.

Little has occurred both in terms of incomings and outgoings due to player participation at Euro 2024, which is set to affect the transfer plans of many sides as they wait for individuals to return home from the competition.

Activity is likely to pick up as we edge closer to the 2024/25 Premier League season starting in August, and the pressure is on champions City to get their recruitment right once again as they look to hold off competition from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Away from the world of transfers, plenty is still being said connected to City - and we have taken a look at some of the latest reports and talking points...

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Kyle Walker responds to critics

Kyle Walker has admitted he pays no attention to negative comments made about his performances on social media. The City' right-back is often a target for criticism, with footballers increasingly being targeted with online abuse via social media.

Speaking ahead of England's second Euro 2024 game against Denmark on Thursday, Walked was asked if he chooses to read such remarks about himself. He responded: "I don’t read it at all. I’d rather not see it and concentrate on what is going on in camp. I listen to mainly what my mum says. My mum always tells me if I have a good game so I listen to her and go from that really."

MEN Sport says: "You can't blame Walker or any other footballer who chooses to ignore the social media critics due to the sheer volume of negativity that comes their way. It is no doubt a challenge to limit the outside noise, though it seems the City defender is taking the appropriate approach to best handle this situation."

Joao Cancelo pick

West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek has named City defender Joao Cancelo in his Ultimate XI, based on individuals he has played with and against over the last decade. Explaining why the Portugal international made the cut at left-back in his squad, which also featured Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, Soucek said: "Cancelo, at his best I think he’s a top player.

"I played against him and against City as well and also against Portugal and he scored the goal when we played against them with Portugal and he was top-class, I think he still is. If he shows his maximum, he’s for me the best."

It seems Cancelo is by no means keen to remain a member of Guardiola's side, however, after again reiterating his desire to stay at Barcelona amid his uncertain City future. "I really like being at Barça, I am very comfortable," he said. "My family, my daughter, my wife also. We hope that next year we will be here."

MEN Sport says: "Cancelo was superb for City on his day and it was a shame things didn't quite go to plan after such a promising start to life at the club. If he is to be moved on this summer, there will certainly be a feeling of 'what if' attached to his exit - particularly as left-back is an area Guardiola has failed to lock down during the entirety of his eight years in Manchester."