By William Wood | In Blog
In his latest entry to Manchester City’s pre-season diary, Micah talks gym rivalry with Joleon Lescott, the family atmosphere in the camp and the departures of Shay Given and Jerome Boateng.
Micah revealed that Lescott challenged him to an arm wrestle after some ribbing between the pair in training, and it appears it ended in a unanimous draw.
“I’ve got to give it to Joleon Lescott – he’s probably in the best shape he’s ever been and is in the gym working hard every day,” he said. “Not that it helped him when it really mattered.
“He’s quite a strong lad and I’m pleased for him because he’s playing well, training hard and looking to start this season the way he finished the last, but I’ve told him that there’s no need to pump the weights – well, not when you’ve got a natural body strength like me!
“Of course, he took the bait and wanted to put me in my place – my response? Get real mate! He challenged me to an arm wrestling contest and I accepted to keep him happy. The fact is, he couldn’t push my arm down no matter how hard he tried (and I reckon he gave it everything!).
“I let him take the draw, but between you and me, I was taking it easy on him. Still, he seemed happy with a tie so I’ll let him go on thinking all that training is paying off. Just hope he doesn’t read this.”
Despite the friendly rivalry, the 23-year old also reiterated how close the group of players are, something he feels will aide the side’s continued success.
“Joleon, Nigel, Vinny – all the lads – are like family and that’s why I think we’ll have a fantastic season,” he added. “Winning the FA Cup has changed us mentally and there is a different feeling among the whole squad. We’ve won one trophy and now we all think the sky’s the limit – and why not?
Micah went on to reflect on the exits of Boateng and Given, particularly the latter who has been at Eastlands for a number of years but who has now gone on to join Aston Villa.
“Two of the lads have left in the last few days with Jerome Boateng returning to Germany and Shay Given joining Villa,” he continued. “They’ll both be missed, but particularly Shay who I know would have been happy to end his career with City.
“Sometimes things don’t work out like that and all the boys wish him well with his new club – I bet he has a blinder when he plays us, too!”