Manchester City have not given up all hopes of signing Mark Bresciano. The club’s manager Eriksson said: "We still hope to sign him because he is a great player.” The player’s reply was: “I wish to thank Eriksson for the kind words. Playing for Manchester City was a dream of mine, but I’m not saying it can’t come true, perhaps in January or next year. I also want to thank president Zamparini and sporting director Foschi for trying to help me move to England. As things stand, I am a Palermo player and ready to start the season with great enthusiasm.”