According to exclusive reports in The Sun, Manchester City and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has admitted that he wants to join La Liga side Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Aguero’s future at the Etihad has been speculated for months since the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus in January, with the 19-year-old taking the main striking role in City’s starting line-up.
With Jesus returning from injury in the next few weeks, and with the youngster likely to remain as Pep Guardiola’s prime striking option next season, Aguero has now expressed his desire to leave England.
The report alleges that Spanish giants Real Madrid are still keen on taking on the 28-year-old in a deal that could be worth around £60 million, despite previously playing for rivals Atletico.
Aguero has made 26 appearances for the Citizens this season in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals, but was demoted to the bench for three consecutive matches after the arrival of Jesus.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has denied that rumours linking out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart with a move to Anfield have any truth behind them.
In an interview, Klopp said:
“He’s a fantastic keeper, the highest quality, but it’s not for us at the moment, nor in the future.”
The Merseyside club had been linked with a move for the 30-year-old after an underwhelming season for both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, but the Reds’ boss insisted he’s content with his options.
Hart has been on-loan at Italian side Torino this season after falling out with Pep Guardiola last summer, and it is still expected that he’ll leave the Etihad on a permanent basis over the upcoming months.
Meanwhile, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could be set for a shock return from the side-lines in the next few weeks after stepping up the recovery from his metatarsal injury.
Originally expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering the fracture against Bournemouth back in February, the 19-year-old is now in with a chance of returning before the end of April.
Finally, the Manchester Evening News reports that Jesus is ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery, and has been seen kicking a football with both feet over the last seven days.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out a return this Sunday during the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, although the Manchester derby is a more realistic target.
The return of the teenager would provide a huge boost to Guardiola’s side in their battle for Champions League football next season, with Jesus netting three times in four games before his injury.
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