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Guardiola admits Sergio Aguero could leave Man City

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The unthinkable may happen.

Sergio Aguero may leave Manchester City in the summer.

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His manager Pep Guardiola said as much ahead of City’s trip to play Bournemouth on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with teenage sensation Gabriel Jesus taking Aguero’s place in the starting lineup over the past three weeks and scoring three times in his first two PL starts.

The 19-year-old Brazilian international looks hungry, mobile and tracks back as well as scoring goals. He simply does it all. As for Aguero, we all know he’s a pure predator inside the penalty box.

Despite Guardiola insisting he wants Aguero, 28, to stay at the Etihad Stadium, he admitted he wasn’t sure what the future held for the Argentinian international and said the reason he isn’t starting is because Jesus, Leroy Sane and

“At the end of the season I don’t know. I know how difficult it is to find top goalscorers. I would like him to stay but I don’t know what is going to happen,” Guardiola said. “Even in my career I didn’t know what would happen at the end of the season. I was clear every time we spoke with Sergio from the beginning. I know his strengths.”

Aguero has scored 113 goals in 168 Premier League games for Man City, winning two titles and two League Cups. He is adored by City’s fans and he has 18 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season.

Since he joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, here’s how many goals he has scored in all competitions each season…

  • 2011-12 – 30
  • 2012-13 – 17
  • 2013-14 – 28
  • 2014-15 – 32
  • 2015-16 – 29

Yet, in Guardiola’s preferred 4-3-3 system being a forward isn’t just about scoring goals.

Aguero perhaps isn’t mobile enough to track back and move defenders Guardiola stated that he could play Aguero alongside Sane, Sterling and Jesus but then he’d lose the balance of the entire side and lose a man in midfield where he likes to possess the ball and dominate play.

It sounds like Sergio is, for now, the odd man out.

When big UEFA Champions League games and the business end of the Premier League season rolls around in the coming months, you can bet your bottom dollar Pep will turn to Aguero for goals.

After May, who knows. Well, that’s the point. Nobody knows what lies in store for Aguero but one thing which is certain is that the top clubs on the planet will be lining up to sign him.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”

Villarreal opens probe into Semedo’s reported arrest

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MADRID (AP) Spanish club Villarreal says it is investigating the actions of defender Ruben Semedo after reports that he was arrested for a violent incident.

The club said it is “highly concerned” about the issue and “will take the appropriate disciplinary actions with utmost rigor based on the seriousness of the events.”

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The statement was released after Spanish media reported that the Portuguese player was taken into custody early Tuesday for allegedly being involved in a hostile confrontation with another man last week.

Police did not immediately confirm Semedo’s arrest.