Rumor Mill: Manchester City Shows Interest In Defender Raul Albiol

Next Stop Manchester City?

This is another story of a surplus player, who unfortunately is down on the pecking order as far as central defense goes. While he may pick up some minutes because of Sergio Ramos being out, and Ricardo Carvalho returning from injury, as soon as both are back strong Raul Albiol will be back to watching from the sidelines. He made his debut in 2009 and became a regular of the first team until Jose Mourinho took over as manager of the legendary club -- where he was relegated to being a part time player/spare part.

Albiol, like Granero, is hoping to get on Vincente del Bosque's radar ahead of the 2012 Euros. He needs regular time with the first team, not as a random sub, and Manchester City might be the answer. City boss Roberto Manchini is looking to fortify his team for a second half run, and could be losing a player or two to the Africa Cup Of Nations. He also hopes to deepen the squad for a Europa League run.

Albiol would slot in to Manchester City's central defense well, and the team would get him the playing time he needs for a possible call up. He's young and it would stunt his development if he's left on the bench for too much longer.

I'm hoping that if this goes through it's just a loan. But it's also been said that Albiol isn't the happiest right now and wouldn't mind restarting his career somewhere else -- and doing it in England's Top flight would be a great way to go about it.

As always we will keep you up to date as this story develops or goes away. Ahh, transfer windows are fun right?

Just a reminder, don't forget to vote in our end of the year awards. Polls are open until Wednesday night. Follow the results on Twitter, spread the word on Facebook, and listen to our podcast on itunes.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Managing Madrid

You must be a member of Managing Madrid to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Managing Madrid. You should read them.

Join Managing Madrid

You must be a member of Managing Madrid to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Managing Madrid. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker