Guardiola speaks on Aguero’s rumored move
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, has revealed that he hopes star striker Sergio Aguero, will remain at the club, amidst rumors of an impending move.
The Argentina international’s future at Manchester City, has been subject to speculation, after he was benched in Manchester United’s fixture against Barcelona. Many perceived this to be punishment for missing a penalty in the previous game, though Guardiola was quick to dismiss the rumors and now he has revealed that he hopes Aguero stays at the club for a long time.
“I want to say I am so happy with Sergio, and hopefully he stays here a long time,” he said. “I hope, from deep in my heart, that Sergio will stay here. I know the strikers depend on the moments, sometimes they’re good, but we cannot forget how many goals he has scored for us.”
He continued: “I am here to help him. When you make a mistake they are my mistakes. I want to help him to develop.”
While Kevin DeBruyne will not feature in the reverse fixture as a result of injury, it is expected that Aguero will be given a chance to turn things around for City.
Emenike dazzles in Turkish Premier League
Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike, was on point as he scored a goal for Fenerbahce to secure a narrow win for the Turkish champions against Konyaspor.
Emenike scored the goal via a spot kick in the 25th minute to end his goalless run since September.
The goal marks the 29-year old’s third goal of the season, from eight appearances.
Fenerbahce’s next fixture will be against Sarabukspor at home on October 30 and they will be looking to move further up the table from 5th place.
Southgate: Rooney is a positive influence on the team
England’s interim coach Gareth Southgate was full of praises for England’s captain Wayne Rooney, despite his poor form since the start of the season.
Rooney has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and has not featured in Manchester United’s last couple of matches, though he missed the match against Chelsea as a result of injury.
Similarly, Southgate did not feature Rooney in England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia last month, though he says now that Rooney is a positive influence on the team.
“I thought his leadership qualities in the 10 days with us shone through. I could see how he’s held in the eyes of the rest of the players and the positive influence he has in that environment.”
When asked if Rooney will play in England’s upcoming fixtures against Scotland and Spain, here is what Southgate had to say:
“Let’s see what that scenario is – I haven’t spoken to him since the camp but I’m always conscious players are back into a run of fixtures with their clubs. I will pick up with him and the others later.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan