Platt plays down Iniesta link

It has been claimed that the ambitious Premier League outfit are

looking to spend big in the New Year as they look to challenge for

honours at home and abroad. Barcelona midfielder Iniesta is one of

those to have been mentioned as a possible target, despite being a

key figure at Camp Nou. City coach Platt has rubbished those

rumours, with City looking elsewhere for new recruits, but admits

that such a move would be possible should the club wish to explore

that avenue. He said: “There isn’t a player this club can’t afford,

although I don’t really think that Iniesta is on our shopping

list.” Platt, who has been drafted into City’s backroom staff by

Roberto Mancini this season, has also sought to shed a positive

light on the in-house bickering at Eastlands which has threatened

to derail a promising campaign. “There is a dressing room full of

people who want to win things, and that spills on to the training

pitch,” he said in the News of the World. “There is no doubt about

it, things have happened inside the club. But it’s nothing I

haven’t seen before and at times, believe me, I have seen a lot

worse. “But we did go through a period when things were blown up

out of all proportion, and that was a little bit annoying. “Look at

the row between Carlos (Tevez) and Roberto at half-time against

Newcastle. It wasn’t as intense as everybody made out. But it

happened and you have to live with it. “Yaya Toure and James Milner

had a spat on the pitch in one game and that’s all it was, a

tactical disagreement which finished there and then.” City’s

efforts this season have also been rocked by the news that

influential skipper Tevez is keen to leave in January. The Blues

are hoping they can convince the striker to stay, though, and Platt

admits the fiery Argentine will continue to play as along as he is

at the club. He conceded: “There is no point being stupid about it.

If Carlos Tevez is available, he is going to be in the staring XI.”