Pearce pleased with Corradi
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce feels Bernardo Corradi is now focused on Manchester City.
Stuart Pearce feels Bernardo Corradi is now focused on Manchester City after becoming unsettled during the January transfer window.
Since joining City last summer, the Italian striker has mustered just three goals and was linked with a return to Serie A in January.
Pearce believes the former Lazio and Valencia forward had become distracted by talk of a potential exit from Eastlands.
But Corradi's displays in recent weeks have prompted the City boss to praise the player and Pearce has now challenged him to keep up his current form.
"I am pleased with Bernardo over the last few weeks," said Pearce.
"He was a little unsettled during the recent transfer window with a bit of speculation over what he might do, but the window shutting has really focused him.
"I've seen a good upturn in his form, not just in the matches, but he has impressed me on the training pitch. We hope he maintains that, and if he does so he stays in the team.
"I think he was maybe a little bit frustrated that he was not playing every week. He's 29 or 30, he's mature and he probably wanted to play every week.
"Any player that just sits and accepts not playing you would have to think that there was something not quite right with him!
"I'd prefer him to be, if not sulky. then showing an edge in his personality that says to me 'I'm not happy being left out and I'm going to do something about it'. The only way players can do something about it is in training or in the reserves."