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Express: Messi keen to recruit Aguero

  • 16 November 2013 09:01
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We’ve been here before.

Clubs across Europe have taken a break for internationals and papers are scrambling for juicy gossip to fill column inches. 

Just this week, Yaya Toure took to twitter to deny rumours about his happiness at the club, otherwise that story might have run for several days.

With that in mind, the Daily Express, via Spanish publication El 9 Esportiu, suggests Barcelona will revive their interest in Sergio Aguero, after being encouraged by Leo Messi.

Sergio celebration

The two are teammates at Argentina, which appears to be enough to get these stories going.

Writes Ben Jefferson: “The Catalan club made enquiries about signing Aguero prior to signing Neymar last summer, and even held a series of "very serious" meetings with the 25-year-old's advisors.

“The signing of Neymar has alleviated Barcelona's need for Aguero, but the club have reportedly left the door open to signing the player following Messi's intervention.

“According to El 9 Esportiu, a source close to Aguero has said: "He's crazy about Barca."

“Indeed, the publication reports that the former Atletico Madrid striker is keen on a change of scenery, misses Spain, and believes he would fit in "perfectly" at Barcelona.”

You can hear straight from the man himself in the first part of our exclusive interview with Aguero.

Elsewhere, another City star that has joined Yaya in shouting about how happy he is at the club, is Jesus Navas.

Quotes which originated in the Manchester Evening News are everywhere this morning, as the Spanish winger explains how impressed he is with City and the Premier League.

Navas told the MEN: "Pellegrini has welcomed me very well. He is a hard-worker, humble and simple. He likes his teams to have the ball and he has had success everywhere.

"I am very impressed with the Premier League rhythm. The games are very direct and the league is very competitive.

"Manchester City does not intimidate me and neither does the squad. In Sevilla I also played big games. I feel an important player for City and I am happy."

Finally, The Bleacher Report carries a celebration of the talent, skill and commitment of one Pablo Zabaleta.


The Argentine, who has made 10 appearances in the league so far this season for Pellegrini’s men, is impressing once more after being universally lauded as City’s best last term.

Rob Pollard writes: “The 2012/13 season was less successful for the club, but Zabaleta flourished, becoming recognised as a fine right-back after a series of excellent displays. He barely put a foot wrong as he added a new attacking dimension to his game previously absent.

“He was given the vice captaincy, voted the club’s Player of the Year and awarded a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until he’s 32.

“Even this season, where he hasn't truly hit the heights of the last campaign, he has outperformed many of his rivals.

“Of the regular right-backs in the Premier League, only Joel Ward (37) has won more tackles than Zabaleta (31). To put that into context, Branislav Ivanovic has won 24, Nathaniel Clyne 23 and Seamus Coleman 19.”

Do, do, dooo….


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