Boateng to conjure magic for Mancini
Germany defender Jerome Boateng has confirmed he will sign for Manchester City before going to the World Cup in South Africa.
A £10.46million move has appeared on the cards for several weeks now, and the 21-year-old told Bild magazine it will be wrapped up in the coming days.
“I am going to sign on (for City) before leaving for the World Cup and the deal will be completed,” he said. “It has been decided that I am moving there.”
Boateng confirmed City manager Roberto Mancini had visited him in Hamburg and talked him into the move.
“He came with two representatives to Hamburg and we chatted for one or two hours,” said Boateng. “He convinced me to make the transfer. He believes that I will definitely need a few months to get settled in once in England, but that he sees so much potential in me that he will improve me. Even if many people say that I am going to struggle to make the breakthrough, I am confident that I will.”
Boateng is keen to leave Germany, where he says his family is being hounded by the media after his half-brother Kevin-Prince's foul on Michael Ballack in the FA Cup final ruled the Germany captain out of the World Cup.
l Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been fined by the Football Association and warned as to his future conduct after being found guilty of improper conduct following comments made after the match against Manchester City last season.
Martinez had been furious at referee Stuart Attwell for the second half dismissal of defender Gary Caldwell for a tackle on Carlos Tevez during the Latics' 3-0 defeat at Eastlands on March 29.
At a personal hearing yesterday the charge was proven and, taking into account Martinez's previous exemplary record, the Independent Regulatory Commission warned him as to his future conduct and fined him £2,250.