City cool on Sorensen link

Melbourne City coach John van ‘t Schip has refused to be drawn on speculation linking the wealthy club with retired former Premier League goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

Reports from Sorensen’s homeland Denmark last month linked the 39-year-old with a farewell stint at City who are keen to bolster their goalkeeping ranks.

Van ‘t Schip's side allowed Andrew Redmayne to move to Western Sydney Wanderers this off-season, with Tando Velaphi their only listed stopper at this stage.

Velaphi was the club's preferred number one by the end of last term, but doubts remain about his quality if City are to be genuine title contenders.

Sorensen spent more than 15 years playing in England, with Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City but indicated he would retire at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 101-time Denmark international cycled 4,000 miles across the United States for charity in the off-season and appears to be moving on in life post-football.

With that in mind, the City link appears far-fetched and van ‘t Schip preferred not to comment on the rumour, although he didn’t rule it out.

“We can’t give any comments on that – it’s all speculation,” van ‘t Schip told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s FFA Cup clash with Edgeworth.

“We only will bring it out when it’s 100 per cent.”

City are also in the market for a new striker, with Josh Kennedy retiring at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.

Aaron Mooy was the club’s top scorer last term with seven goals from midfield, while Robert Koren, Erik Paartalu and David Williams all contributed three each.

The club still has room for two more visa players, with Aaron Hughes, Harry Novillo and Koren on their books, while Argentine Jonatan Germano is currently on board as an injury replacement for James Brown.

Proposed changes to the A-League's marquee rules, whereby clubs could sign to international players outside the salary cap, could assist their pursuit too.

“We’re in progress with that as well,” van ‘t Schip said regarding their chase for a striker.

“We want to get that done as soon as possible, but when it’s done we’ll announce it.”

The City boss confirmed Tuesday’s cup clash would come too soon for a list of players, including new Socceroos signing Ivan Franjic, along with Corey Gameiro, Jacob Melling, Ben Garuccio and Koren.

Another new signing, 10-time Australia international Michael Zullo, will likely play some part after spent 12 months on the sidelines with a knee injury, while Aaron Hughes will be eased back into action.

“Ivan is looking good, but the game is too early,” he said. “It’s just a fitness thing. He’s going to be back in full training next week.

“Robbie is going to also be in full training next week. They’re staying behind and having a different session.

“We have enough players. We’re not on schedule as we wanted, but we knew that. The most important thing is before our first league game we’ll have most back.”

Van ‘t Schip confirmed Patrick Kisnorbo would skipper City against Edgeworth.