Aguero will snub Real for boy­hood team

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SER­GIO AGUERO claims the only club in world foot­ball ca­pa­ble of lur­ing him away from Manch­ester City is his boy­hood team In­de­pen­di­ente.

Af­ter an­other elec­tric start to the sea­son in East­lands, Aguero is once again at­tract­ing the at­ten­tions of Euro­pean foot­ball’s elite with Real Madrid man­ager Zine­dine Zi­dane re­port­edly a big ad­mirer of the diminu­tive for­ward.

And, even though the French­man has strong at­tack­ing op­tions to call upon al­ready in Karim Ben­zema and Al­varo Mo­rata, Zi­dane is keen on bring­ing Aguero to the Bernebeu once the club are re­lieved of their cur­rent trans­fer ban.

De­spite re­cently en­dur­ing a six game goal­less run, the Ar­gentina for­ward has still scored 14 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son and looks set to chal­lenge for his sec­ond Pre­mier League Golden Boot since ar­riv­ing at the club in 2011.

The for­mer Atletico Madrid for­ward, how­ever, doesn’t see any prob­a­bil­ity in a move back to La Liga opt­ing rather to play in Ar­gentina.

“I never had prob­lems with Guardi­ola, nor him with me. He al­ways helped me and gave me ad­vice,” he told ESPN Ra­dio FC.

“For now I’m fine at Manch­ester City, and the day I leave it will be to re­turn to In­de­pen­di­ente.

“How long have there been ru­mours about Real Madrid?”

Aguero has been re-en­er­gised since Pep Guardi­ola’s ar­rival this sum­mer and, un­der the Spa­niard, City look ready to chal­lenge on all fronts this sea­son.

City cur­rently sit two points be­hind Pre­mier League lead­ers, Liver­pool, and are in a good po­si­tion to qual­ify from the Cham­pi­ons League group stages fol­low­ing their su­perb 3-1 vic­tory over Barcelona last week.

“I’m very happy at City and more so now with Pep,” Aguero added.

“Guardi­ola tells me to try not to pay so much at­ten­tion to what is said. He makes me fo­cus on win­ning.

“This month I’ve been think­ing very pos­i­tively. In the last few weeks my head has changed a lot.

“Af­ter the game with Paraguay, I was emo­tion­ally very bad. Guardi­ola helped me a lot.” – The In­de­pen­dent LIVER­POOL are pre­par­ing a £26m (RM143m) deal to sign mid­fielder Mah­moud Da­houd, 20, from Ger­man club Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach.

THE LIVER­POOL mid­fielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, wants to stay at An­field de­spite re­ported in­ter­est from Barcelona, says his for­mer youth coach.

LE­ICES­TER CITY

want to sign Galatasaray’s £8m (RM44m) rated winger Bruma, 22, in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Reds and Arse­nal are mon­i­tor­ing 26-year-old de­fender Chris Smalling’s sit­u­a­tion at Manch­ester United.

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