Ro­dri’s not giv­ing up on his stud­ies

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI By CHAR­LOTTE DUNCKER

PLAY­ING ev­ery cou­ple of days for City has not man­aged to put the brakes on Ro­dri’s aca­demic learn­ing.

The sum­mer sign­ing lived in stu­dent digs while he was at Vil­lar­real do­ing a de­gree, and while he has since swapped coun­tries to pur­sue his foot­balling ca­reer, he is not giv­ing up on his stud­ies.

The Span­ish mid­fielder is hop­ing to fin­ish his ex­ams in the fort­night break that the Pre­mier League has in­tro­duced from Fe­bru­ary 2020 be­fore start­ing some­thing new.

While cram­ming has proven dif­fi­cult with his sched­ule at City, it has been a wel­come way of switch­ing off from any de­feats that the team have suf­fered in the open­ing few months of the cam­paign as they look to chase down Liver­pool at the top of the Pre­mier League.

“I have learned not to let [los­ing] im­pact me as much. When I was a child and I lost I would cry and get an­gry,” he told Marca.

“It was un­bear­able for my par­ents at home and I car­ried that in­side.

“I have learned now that los­ing is part of this world, even if some­times peo­ple don’t be­lieve that. It’s part of foot­ball.

“I like watch­ing foot­ball, but, for ex­am­ple, with Liver­pool you lose and it be­comes very healthy to think about other things, be that your fam­ily or your chil­dren.

“I don’t have chil­dren so I ded­i­cated that time to study­ing.

“My first goal is to fin­ish the business ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment de­gree, it’s a per­sonal chal­lenge.

“Then I will surely do some­thing, I like to have my head busy with many things.”

City’s Ro­dri is study­ing be­tween matches for the Blues

AS the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow ap­proaches, the Leroy Sane exit re­ports have re­turned.

The en­tire sum­mer trans­fer talk around City was cen­tred around two top­ics: buy­ing a new cen­tre back and whether or not Sane

GABRIEL Je­sus has ad­mit­ted to learn­ing all he can from City team­mate Ser­gio Aguero in his bid to be­come Brazil’s best striker.

In the ab­sence of the in­jured Ney­mar, the Blues striker is among those ex­pected to fill the void left by the Paris St Ger­main star.

The 22-year-old failed to find the mark in Fri­day’s 1-0 friendly de­feat to arch-ri­vals Ar­gentina in Saudi Ara­bia, with Lionel Messi scor­ing the only goal from the penalty spot, but will be look­ing to make amends to­day when Brazil take on South Korea at the Mo­hammed bin Zayed Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi. would be stay­ing at the club. Af­ter Bay­ern Mu­nich openly flirted with the winger in the sum­mer, Pep Guardi­ola made it clear that the club would not stand in his way should he want to leave.

“The club made him an of­fer last year... I have said many times, we want peo­ple happy to be here,”

With 18 goals in 38 ap­pear­ances for his coun­try, Je­sus knows he has a long way to go to chal­lenge Ney­mar’s feat of 61 goals in 101 matches, but with the help of Aguero, he is aim­ing high.

“Of course, for me, the dream is to fol­low what he (Ney­mar) has achieved,” said Je­sus. “To do that I know I have to work hard in ev­ery game, ev­ery train­ing ses­sion for City, for Brazil, and I know I have to score goals.

“I am also learn­ing at City to do this, work­ing with Ser­gio. He’s a top, top player, the record scorer for the club and I can only learn from him. He

Guardi­ola said in his first press con­fer­ence of the pre-sea­son tour.

Then came the prob­lem of Sane rup­tur­ing the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee in Au­gust, rul­ing him out for the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son.

The Bun­desliga gi­ants were never go­ing to pay huge money for a crocked star who would likely spend the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son re­cov­er­ing, but they’re still keen to get their man next sum­mer.

Sane will have en­tered into the fi­nal year of his con­tract when the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow comes around and the Ger­man side will no doubt try to bro­ker a deal, which will save them mil­lions on what they might have of­fered last sum­mer.

Re­ports over the week­end sug­gest his City team-mates are al­ready con­vinced he will be on his way and Guardi­ola needs to stick to his words from the sum­mer in that he only wants play­ers who are happy at the club and want to stay. There can be no ques­tion­ing of Sane’s com­mit­ment or at­ti­tude this sea­son as the Ger­many in­ter­na­tional has not played since he came off in­jured in the Com­mu­nity Shield win over Liver­pool at Wem­b­ley in Au­gust. But in­jured or not he has still not shown his com­mit­ment to stay at the club by sign­ing the con­tract the club of­fered him last year.

As he con­tin­ues to work to make his re­turn, it’s re­ported he could

Char­lotte Duncker scores al­most ev­ery game. I am only 22 and I know I need to im­prove more, but that’s what I want to do.”

De­spite his age, Je­sus is ma­ture enough to recog­nise the re­spon­si­bil­ity of scor­ing goals in Ney­mar’s ab­sence can­not rest solely on his shoul­ders.

“With­out Ney­mar for Brazil, you have to look at ev­ery­one to step up, not just me,” he added. “And Brazil have a lot of big play­ers, not just Ney­mar.

“He is num­ber one for Brazil, of course, but we have a lot of big play­ers in the world and we can play well, even if he is not with us.”

Leroy Sane suf­fered a se­ri­ous knee in­jury in the Com­mu­nity Shield against Liver­pool

Gabriel Je­sus says he is learn­ing from Ser­gio Aguero

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