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Sergio Aguero gives update on his future at Man City


Sergio Aguero is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his future.

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The Manchester City striker, 28, scored twice in their 5-1 win against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola‘s men booked their place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

After the game Guardiola sung Aguero’s praises, saying it was perhaps his best display since he arrived at City in the summer.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who had benched Aguero for youngster Jesus Gabriel last month, also confirmed that he wants Aguero to stay at City this summer despite transfer links with Real Madrid and others.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Aguero confirmed he will sit down with City in June to discuss his future and brushed off speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

“I have three months go give my best and I’ve always said in June it will be seen. One thing is that the club officially says it, the other is to tell me,” Aguero said. “The club has not directly told me they want me to stay. All I have to do is dedicate myself to playing football, there are three months left, the only thing I think is to give the best in these three months and then you will see. My intention is to stay. The club can say what it wants but in June they will have to meet with me.”

“I’m not thinking about Real Madrid or anywhere, I am focused on City. I do not want to think about what will happen to my future. I hope that by June we can achieve a title, which is the most important thing, and then we will see.”

So, Aguero has put the ball firmly in City’s court.

With the emergence of Gabriel, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling as an attacking trio for Guardiola, he certainly has a tricky decision to make about Aguero’s future role in this team.

Yes, Aguero is a preadtory striker who is City’s third highest scorer of all time with 158 goals. He is just 20 goals shy of being City’s club record goalscorer and since he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011 he has been a consistent scorer and has come up big to lead them to two Premier League titles.

Aguero’s current deal runs until 2020 but the fact that he is going to sit down with City’s management team at the end of the season tells you where this situation is at. Some say Aguero deserves more respect from Guardiola, but if he doesn’t fit into his style of play then doesn’t the coach have to put the team first?

There’s no doubting Aguero isn’t as hard-working off the ball as Gabriel Jesus and is a little one-dimensional at times, but his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

If Aguero doesn’t like what he hears in June, clubs across Europe will be lining up to sign him. The Argentine striker doesn’t want to play second-fiddle to anyone and with his pedigree, can you really blame him?

At long last, Butland returns to full training with Stoke

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Stoke City’s long-coming goalkeeping dilemma will come to a head soon, as Jack Butland is back in training.

A year ago today, the Potters confirmed that star backstop Butland would miss EURO 2016 with a broken ankle. He’d need multiple surgeries as recovery dragged on and on.

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That was more palatable thanks to the play of Lee Grant, who arrived on loan from Derby County but became a permanent Potter in January. Grant has been a key part of Stoke’s season.

Butland is contracted to Stoke through 2021, and he’ll ascend to the starting gig sooner rather than later. But Grant is in the catbird seat for now, and at least will have made himself attractive to other clubs seeking a keeper.

Report: Everton linked with $4 million swoop for Canada’s Larin

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The Sun only hits on a few of the many transfer rumors it tosses around, but this one bears a second look for fans of Everton, MLS, and Canada.

Everton is already eyeing replacements for Romelu Lukaku, according to the report, and is hunting for a bargain in Canadian national teamer Cyle Larin.

Larin, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC after an electric career at UConn.

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He’s since scored 35 goals in 63 matches for the Lions, picking up three in his first two matches of the 2017 season. The 6-foot-1 Ontario native has five goals for Canada in 19 caps.

The Sun says Larin would cost close to $4 million, a fraction of what the Toffees will get if they sell Lukaku.

Fan dies after falling off football stadium in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) A Brazilian football fan has died after falling 25 meters from the top of Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo onto a parking lot.

The height is equivalent to an eight-story building.

Bruno Pereira da Silva, aged 23, suffered head injuries and died upon arrival at a local hospital on Sunday.

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He and other fans were attempting to jump to a section of the stadium where they could get a better view of the Sao Paulo state championship match between Sao Paulo and archrival Corinthians. The game ended 1-1.

Friends of da Silva told Brazilian media Silva was attending his first football match.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers: CRC, Honduras get off the mat

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The two traditional CONCACAF powers are riding high following Friday’s round of World Cup qualifiers, while the two other sides to qualify for Brazil 2014 are licking their wounds.

Honduras and Costa Rica both found themselves on the wrong side of shutout losses to the United States and Mexico, while Trinidad and Tobago injected itself into the discussion with a home win over Panama.

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What’s cooking for Tuesday? Read on:

Honduras vs. Costa Rica — 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Two sides which love to play physical, on-the-edge soccer meet on the heels of Friday losses. Expect Jorge Luis Pinto’s Catrachos to adapt after a 6-0 beatdown at the hands of the U.S., but they’ll have to do much, much better at home.

The dates at Estadio Morazan have to be the key for Honduras to climb into the Top Three, and it’ll be buoyed by memories of its 3-1 win over T&T two rounds ago. As for Costa Rica, Los Ticos aim to respond from conceding their first two goals of the Hex.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico — 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Kevin Molino’s strike gave T&T its first three points of qualifying, but its odds of getting a result against visiting Mexico aren’t nearly as good. The Soca Warriors desperation will be easy to see, as June’s qualifiers include trips to the U.S. and Costa Rica.

El Tri now has wins in two of its trickier Hex matches after adding Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica to its upset of the Yanks in Columbus. Ten points through four matches would be exemplary; A draw or loss leaves the door open for Costa Rica to summit the Hex table.

United States vs. Panama — 10:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Read our extensive preview here, but the upshot is this: The United States can rise into the Top Three by beating Panama, while Los Canaleros will be happy to scoop a draw to stem any bleeding cause by Molino and T&T.