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Wednesday 22 November 2017

McCarthy's Eagle eye on decider with City

CRYSTAL PALACE captain Paddy McCarthy says he'd love to take on his old club Manchester City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley -- if the two semi-final results go the right way.

Dubliner McCarthy will lead out Palace for the second leg of their cup semi-final away to Cardiff City tonight, the London club holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg, and the 28-year-old admits he would achieve a boyhood dream if he managed to go all the way and captain the Eagles to an appearance at Wembley.

And that experience would be even better for the former Stella Maris man if Palace get to face Manchester City, instead of Liverpool, in the final as he spent four years learning his trade at the Manchester club before he was sold to Leicester City in 2005.

Chance

"It would be something else to play City in the final as I started my career there. It's a completely different club to when I was there, the staff and the whole club have completely changed, but I'd still love the chance to play them in the final," McCarthy told the Evening Herald.

"We're not getting too far ahead of ourselves as we have to get past Cardiff first, but on a personal level it would mean a lot.

"It was a big club when I was there but it's in another world now in terms of finance. City were in the Championship when a lot of us Irish lads signed and it was a more down to earth place. Now it's full of superstars with so much money around the place, it's unrecognisable now.

"But you can't begrudge the current City players the money they get. They are at the top of the tree in football terms. But if someone wants to offer me the same wages that the likes of Kolo Toure is on, I'd take it," joked McCarthy, who has been capped at every level bar senior.

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