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Sergio Aguero gives update on his future at Man City

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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?

Follow Live: Chelsea, Swans, Cherries in FA Cup replays

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Chelsea, Swansea City, and Bournemouth look to avoid upsets in replays of their third round FA Cup matches.

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All three matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

The Blues tangle with former Premier League peers Norwich City, this time at Stamford Bridge, in a bid to host a fourth round match with Newcastle United.

Antonio Conte‘s not messing around (too much) with the XI.

Swansea City and Wolves, meanwhile, are arguably battling for a bid in the fourth round, as a trip to Notts County is on the docket for the winner of Wednesday’s replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Bournemouth is at Wigan Athletic for a replay with the third-tier Latics, with the victor hosting West Ham United on Jan. 27.

Benevento captain Lucioni banned one year for doping

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ROME (AP) Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni has been banned one year for doping.

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Italy’s national anti-doping organization made the decision Tuesday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento’s 1-0 loss to Torino in September.

Benevento team physician Walter Giorgione was banned for four years for administering the steroid to Lucioni in a spray.

Both Lucioni and Giorgione plan to appeal.

The 30-year-old Lucioni joined Benevento in 2014 and the defender helped the team move from the third division up into Serie A this season for the first time.

Benevento is last in Serie A with only two wins in 20 matches.

The ban is back-dated to October, meaning Lucioni can return early next season.

Everton completes move for Walcott: “I’m dead excited” (video)

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Everton continues to supply its managers with top-end talent, adding Theo Walcott to its expensive season of boys which includes Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Cenk Tosun, Jordan Pickford, and Michael Keane.

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The deal is reported to be near $28 million for Walcott, who’s made only a half-dozen Premier League appearances this season but did nab three goals in five Europa League matches.

Walcott, 28, scored 108 goals in 397 appearances for the Gunners. His 19-goal campaign last season was his second-best — he scored 21 in 2012-13 — but Walcott dipped down Arsene Wenger‘s depth charge and is leaving to pursue regular football.

And his comments will be lapped up by the #WengerOut brigade at his now former club:

“The Club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that

The move is another exciting one for Everton, which has underachieved under Ronald Koeman and now Sam Allardyce. And it’s another sale from Arsenal which gives pause: Are the underperforming Gunners going to regret the move?

In the 2005-06 season, Walcott made his Southampton debut in the Football League Championship at the age of 16, and moved to Arsenal the next season.

Walcott has eight goals in 47 caps for England, and won two FA Cups at Arsenal.

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Here is a useful quote from Sam Allardyce:“His physical output is excellent, he would be one of our top players in that area as well, which will hopefully bring us a lot more excitement and more ability to get forward quicker and create.

And here is an utterly useless one: ““If you analyse his goal record, then we are looking at a player who contributes goals on a regular basis.”

You don’t say. To paraphrase: If you look at all his goals, he regularly scores goals. Here’s more from the player on his move.

Montreal to nab Algerian DP Taider from Bologna

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The loss of Swiss power Blerim Dzemaili is a big one for the Montreal Impact, but another World Cup player may be taking his place in Quebec.

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Tutto Bologna reports that Algerian playmaker Saphir Taider, 25, is set to sign with the Impact on a contract through 2020.

On loan to Montreal last season, Dzemaili went back to Bologna. Taider is coming back the other way and will reportedly be a Designated Player.

Taider isn’t as consistent a player as Dzemaili, but presents a skill set that should be a massive problem for MLS midfields.

He has 42 caps with five goals for Algeria, and was once property of Juventus. He spent parts of four seasons at Inter Milan, with loan stints back to Bologna, at Sassuolo, and a unremarkable time at Southampton.