More to come from me warns Aguero
- Thu 08 Mar 2012, 8:49AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
While it appears that Sergio Aguero has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, the man himself has fired out a warning that he will get better in the media.
21 goals in all competitions is a superb return for someone in his first season over here, but the Argentinean striker clearly thinks he can improve - great news for City fans.
He crops up in most UK newspapers this morning, so expect his words to be spread out over football news sites as the day goes on. We'll go with the Daily Star's version -
"Sergio Aguero has warned Manchester City’s rivals: ‘I will get even better.’
"He has become a cult figure with fans after proving there is life without Carlos Tevez. But Aguero has no intention of slowing down and insists the best is still to come as he bids to help City get the better of Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League tonight.
"'I have to be honest – if you had told me before arriving that I would play like I did, I wouldn’t have believed you.
I am always trying to achieve great things. I still feel the same way – I think this is only the beginning for me at Manchester City.
Meanwhile, over in Portugal, Roberto Mancini's comments about Robin van Persie of Arsenal generate lots of copy. The Irish website JOE.ie takes a slightly sideways looks at what he said, and what might be gleaned from them. And note the boss' mention of Mario Ballotelli in some stellar company -
"Arsenal have become something of a feeder club to City in recent times, with Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor all moving to the club from the Emirates and Mancini hinted that he would be willing to stage another raid on North London in a few months time.
“'We are interested in all good players,” he said.
“'I think all the good teams are interested in him. At this moment Van Persie is one of the best strikers in Europe with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli (nice plug for your own man there Roberto).
“If there is a good player who wants to leave the club, then we are interested. I think he is a fantastic striker but I think he will remain at Arsenal.'”
As shown, it's hard to keep Mario Balotelli out of the spotlight, and his interview with Noel Gallagher is heavily trailed on the BBC web site. Take a look at this exclusive CityTV clip to see what Noel thinks of the striker, but there's an admission that he needs to grow up - that's from Mario, not Noel...
"When told boss Roberto Mancini wanted him to mature, Balotelli said: "'If Mancini says something, he's right."
"The forward added: 'But I'm 21, so I'm still young. I think from last year, already I'm bigger [older] in my head.'"