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Pep Guardiola backing 'lion' Sergio Aguero to claim one more victim before Man City exit

Pep Guardiola has backed his “lion in the jungle” Sergio Aguero for one last kill in his final Premier League appearance for the club.  

Aguero will be given the captain’s armband to lead City on his last outing at the Etihad if fit.

And his manager believes that, even off the back from injury which has kept him out City’s last two league outings, he has the inherent sharpness for one last pounce in front of 10,000 fans.

“The fans in the stadium and around the world will give him his tribute for what he’s done in terms of titles, numbers – which are incredible,” said Guardiola.

“When he’s fit and has continuity he’s a guy like Romario. In five metres he can – like a lion in the jungle – make a step to kill the opponents.

“His biggest quality (is) a unique sense (in front) of goal. 

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And he made it clear his presence will be missed when he moves on in the summer.

“First of all, he’s a nice person, funny, humble, he’s a legend. He’s come from Argentina to this country where it’s so difficult to score goals,” he explained. 

“And he has done it for many years. You cannot imagine how many more he’d have scored if he’d been fitter than he is.” 

Aguero, who along with David Silva and Vincent Kompany will be immortalised in bronze in statue form, scored 182 top-flight goals.

After only returning to training on Thursday, both player and manager will be mindful to keep something back for Porto next week should there be a chance for him to impact the match against Chelsea.

With regard to the rest of the squad, Guardiola said will select as normal.

“We are going to put players out to win the game,” he said. 

“We have six days until the Champions League final and if one player gets injured it is unlucky.

“They can get injured today or tomorrow. 

“Kyle Walker could not play against Brighton as he got injured, a twist in his ankle, playing with his children.”

Manchester City: Likely XI

(4-2-1-3): Ederson; Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; De Bruyne; Torres, Jesus, Foden. 

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Five Chelsea flops signed from Premier League rivals amid Sergio Aguero links

With Chelsea facing Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, it presents the perfect audition for Sergio Aguero ahead of his imminent departure from City.

The Argentine is being released at the end of this season and is being heavily linked with a move to the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel is in the market for a striker after Timo Werner ’s struggles in front of goal, with Aguero making a mouth-watering option.

But the 32-year-old should be warned, it does not always work out well for those who swap Premier League clubs to move to Stamford Bridge.

Here Mirror Football looks at five players whose time at Chelsea did not work out…

1. Juan Sebastian Veron, £14million from Manchester United

Juan Sebastian Veron's Chelsea career was hampered by injury
Juan Sebastian Veron’s Chelsea career was hampered by injury

Veron’s Chelsea career started remarkably well, scoring a goal on his Premier League debut for the club against Liverpool.

But that was as good as it got for the Argentine, who would go on to make just six more appearances for the Blues in the top-flight.

The midfielder was hampered by injuries and when Jose Mourinho took over from Claudio Ranieri, Veron was sent out on loan to Inter Milan and never again played in the Premier League.

2. Fernando Torres, £50million from Liverpool

Fernando Torres' move to Chelsea remains one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history
Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea remains one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history

Torres remains one of the most expensive flops in Premier League history after joining the Blues from Liverpool in the January of 2011.

The Spanish striker went 903 minutes and nine games without scoring a goal in the top-flight as he struggled to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge.

The next season did not go any better for Torres, with his Chelsea career epitomised by a horrendous miss against Manchester United when he put the ball wide after rounding the keeper.

Despite starting the majority of Chelsea’s games during his time at the club, Torres’ troubles continued before he eventually departed to AC Milan.

3. Danny Drinkwater, £35million from Leicester City

Danny Drinkwater has suffered a hard fall from grace since joining Chelsea
Danny Drinkwater has suffered a hard fall from grace since joining Chelsea

It would be hard to find a player who has suffered a fall from grace that would rival Danny Drinkwater’s.

The midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge as a Premier League winner but has never been able to nail down a place in the Chelsea squad.

Drinkwater’s nadir was undoubtedly Mauricio Sarri’s season in charge, when the Englishman made no league appearances whatsoever.

He has been sent out on loan to two Premier League clubs, both of which were failures and was not handed a squad number at the start of this season.

4. Shaun Wright-Phillips, £21million from Manchester City

Shaun Wright-Phillips was mainly used as a substitute by Jose Mourinho
Shaun Wright-Phillips was mainly used as a substitute by Jose Mourinho

The son of legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright, the tricky winger was limited to only sporadic appearances at Chelsea.

Wright-Phillips was a perennial substitute under Jose Mourinho, coming off the bench 39 times in the Premier League during his time at the Blues.

It took him 17 months to score his first goal, but his lowest would be his final season at the club when he was left out of the squad completely for the 2008 Champions League final.

After Avram Grant left the club, Wright-Phillips fell out with new manager Luiz Filipe Scolari and was allowed to return to City for just £8.5m.

5. Ross Barkley, £15million from Everton

Ross Barkley has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues
Ross Barkley has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues

To call Barkley a flop might be slightly harsh, but he has certainly suffered a mixed career since joining Chelsea from Everton.

It did though take him nine months to score his first goal for the club and he has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues.

In fact, Barkley has been on the bench nearly 20 times more than he has started a match during his time at Chelsea and he was sent out on loan to Aston Villa for this season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Erling Haaland transfer hint with Sergio Aguero to Man Utd vow

Manchester City confirmed this week that the club’s record goalscorer Aguero will leave the Etihad at the end of the season once his contract runs out after a decade of trophy-laden service.

It has been suggested Aguero would like to stay in England with Chelsea and United among the clubs who have been tipped to make a surprise free transfer swoop for the Argentine, 32.

United may have a need for a new frontman with Edinson Cavani out of contract in the summer and the Uruguayan yet to sign an extension to stay at Old Trafford.

But Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland, who the Bundesliga side want at least £127million (€150m) for if the Norwegian is to depart the Westfalenstadion this summer, is the top target for the Red Devils.

Barcelona and Real Madrid both held meetings with Haaland’s representatives, his father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola, this week as the pursuit of the 20-year-old hots up.

Yet Solskjaer insists United, as they did with Bruno Fernandes, are happy to wait to land their top targets despite the competition from not just Spain’s top two clubs but also Chelsea and Man City.

There is long-term interest in Haaland from United and they were keen on the towering centre-forward when he played for Molde and also when he played for Red Bull Salzburg, before he opted to join Dortmund in January 2020.

Yet even if they miss out, Solskjaer has ruled out moving for veteran Aguero, insisting it does not sit right with him that players can swap between rival clubs, as Peter Schmeichel and Carlos Tevez have famously both done.

“We’d all like the squad sorted as soon as possible but I’m not the one in the trenches with the negotiations but so far we’ve done a really good job,” Solskjaer said.

“We had to wait for Bruno Fernandes but we knew he was the one and that worked out well.

“This summer there’s an opportunity even though this window will be different to any other because of the pandemic and the money teams have lost.”

On the possibility of signing Aguero, he added: “When I played for Man United, if a rival club tried to sign me, and I had gone… well where’s the loyalty?

“Loyalty is one of the values I really, really put highly. I wouldn’t expect any player who has played for a club for 10 years to want to go to their local rivals.

“It’s not for me. I know we’re professionals, but when you play for Man United you don’t go to Man City.

“We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree with it. I won’t name names but you all know who I mean. Enough said.”

It has not yet been confirmed when the summer transfer window will open and close although it must be between the dates June 9 and August 31.

United are also keen to strengthen other areas of their squad including at centre-back and at full-back.

Despite the pursuit of Haaland, United boast the second-best attack in the division – according to goals scored this season – with Marcus Rashford key to that.

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The 23-year-old has nine goals and nine assists in 29 Premier League matches this term and has been playing through fitness problems, having pulled out of the England squad over the international break.

Rashford’s agency have gone as far to say it’s been two years since the United academy graduate played while fully fit.

But Solskjaer said: “I don’t have any concerns about Marcus’ general fitness at all. Every footballer carries a bit here and there. Very seldom do you say you’re 100 per cent fit.

“I’ve been impressed by his resilience and robustness. He wants to play. He’s got a character that even if he feels something, he doesn’t want to miss games because he loves Man United and football too much to dip out.

“He wants to give everything. That’s all credit to him but, of course, the little knocks he’s carrying we have got great staff to look after him. But it’s not been too big a concern or worry.

“There has never been a risk that we felt will damage him. It is just the way it is when you’re a professional footballer with a game every three or four days.

“It’s been relentless this season so we’ve not had the time. Sometimes you can send them away for a week to a sunny place and that will hopefully come back again so that we can look after the players.”

Ronald Koeman 'decides against' Sergio Aguero transfer and eyes ex-Man Utd flop

Ronald Koeman is not interested in signing Sergio Aguero this summer and instead wants to bring Memphis Depay to Barcelona[1].

The Catalan boss attempted to sign the Lyon forward last summer but was unable to get a deal over the line.

Depay, despite failing to impress in England with Manchester United[2], is a major star for the French club.

Koeman worked with the 27-year-old whilst in charge of the Netherlands and is keen on a reunion.

Depay, like Aguero, would be available on a free so the finances would not impact on either deal.

Manchester City[3] announced that the striker would be ending his decade at the club this summer.

Sergio Aguero is available on a free
Sergio Aguero is available on a free

Aguero has been plagued by injuries this term, but at 32 still has plenty to offer.

He is also good friends with Barcelona star Lionel Messi which could prove advantageous.

City have announced that the forward, who scored their historic title winning goal in 2012, will have a statue erected outside of the Etihad.

Koeman though believes Depay will be a better fit for the Barcelona system, reports SPORT[4].

He also feels that the Dutchman would be more willing to accept a substitute role from time to time as he rotates his squad.

Memphis Depay is Ronald Koeman’s preferred option

Depay has continued to find the net with regularity at the Groupama Stadium as Lyon push for the Ligue 1 title.

Barcelona, for all their recent struggles, have several promising young players at their disposal and shrewd recruitment this summer could set them up nicely for the future.

There is growing optimism that Messi will remain at the Nou Camp beyond the summer with newly president Joan Laporta making it a priority.

The club also remain committed to signing Erling Haaland[5] from Borussia Dortmund, although there will be no shortage of competition for his services.

References

  1. ^ Barcelona (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Manchester United (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Manchester City (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ SPORT (www.sport.es)
  5. ^ Erling Haaland (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Man City confirm ‘emotional farewell’ to Aguero as club commission statue of star with Barca and PSG reportedly plotting moves

Manchester City have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, with the Argentine heavily linked to a potential move to a host of European giants.

“Manchester City will bid a fond and emotional farewell to legendary striker Sergio Aguero when his contract expires this summer,” the club announced in a statement on Monday. 

“Treasured by City fans and a global icon of the game, Aguero is one of the most decorated and respected footballers to wear the sky-blue shirt.”

The Argentine star, 32, will depart the club as its all-time top scorer and also the Premier League’s highest-scoring overseas player. 

In total, the City star has poached a remarkable 257 goals in 384 appearances across all competitions thus far, helping the team to four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cup triumphs.

Despite suffering an injury-hit current campaign, Aguero will still have the chance to add to that haul this season as Pep Guardiola’s team remain in the hunt on four fronts.  

“He joined City in the summer of 2011, making an immediate impact by scoring twice and creating an assist on his thirty-minute cameo debut in a 4-0 home win over Swansea City. It was a dramatic and impressive start that gave an indication of what was to follow,” the club added in their message. 

“One renowned such moment would include his heart-stopping goal in the unforgettable final game of that same season against QPR which secured the Club’s first ever Premier League title.”

“He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the Premier League era and is the competition’s most lethal goalscorer in terms of goals scored per minutes played. 

“Indeed, he is the highest scoring overseas player in Premier League history – and in January 2020 he overtook Alan Shearer to set the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks after registering his 12th away at Aston Villa.”

“City Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed that a statue of the City striker has been commissioned to stand alongside those currently in work to honour Sergio’s former team-mates David Silva and Vincent Kompany.

“His legend will further be marked by the installation of dedicated and permanent mosaic at the City Football Academy.”

Aguero added a message of his own on social media in which he spoke of his “satisfaction and pride” at the success he has enjoyed with the Manchester club, but also expressing excitement at what lies ahead. 

Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, is unlikely to be short of suitors for his next move. 

French giants Paris Saint-Germain, where fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino is at the helm, are reportedly interested, while La Liga titans Barcelona are also said to be a possible option.

Italian champions Juventus have also purportedly emerged as a candidate to snag the star when he leaves City.  

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Man City star Sergio Aguero could harm Man Utd after transfer exit

Manchester United may have their summer transfer plans blown apart after Manchester City’s announcement that their record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season.
Aguero, 32, will not have his contract renewed at the Etihad Stadium after being struck down by persistant injuries over the past few years.

Pep Guardiola has often been without an out-and-out striker this term with Gabriel Jesus also sidelined.

City will now go all out for a replacement for Aguero and Erling Haaland will be top of their wishlist.

That spells bad news for cross-town rivals United, who were hoping to strike a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star themselves.

Haaland has a £67million release clause that becomes active in 2022 but United were hoping to push through a transfer this summer because Barcelona and Real Madrid are unlikely to have the funds until next year.

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Haaland is the the perfect long-term replacement for Aguero and would provide value for money for many years to come.

City owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated.

“His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football.

“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.

“In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David.

“And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”

Man City chief confirms Sergio Aguero statue plans as star's exit is confirmed

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will have a statue outside the Etihad.

The Argentine’s departure at the end of the season has been confirmed after months of speuclation.

His contact has just months to run and his exit had long been expected following a year that has been hampered by injuries.

It brings the curtain down on an immensely successful decade for Aguero, who joined from Atletico Madrid.

His goal on the final day to gift City their first Premier League[1] title in 2012 will forever be etched into history.

A further three titles have followed – and that could soon be four. A Champions League success is all that is missing from his resume at the Etihad.

Sergio Aguero's departure has been confirmed
Sergio Aguero’s departure has been confirmed

Aguero will leave the club as its all-time leading goalscorer having notched 257 goals in 384 appearances.

He also has more hat-tricks than anyone in Premier League history.

The 32-year-old has been a symbol of success for City and will have his statue erected alongside those of David Silva and Vincent Kompany.

Al Mubarak told the club’s website[2] : “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City[3] over the last 10 years cannot be overstated.

“His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the Club and maybe even in those who simply love football.

The three Man City legends will all have statues
The three Man City legends will all have statues

“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches.

“There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.

“In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David.

“And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”

References

  1. ^ Premier League (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ club’s website (www.mancity.com)
  3. ^ Manchester City (www.mirror.co.uk)

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