Sergio and Mario say they stay
- 24 May 2012 08:47
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli both insist they are happy at City and intend to stay for more success in this morning's media coverage.
Despite less than two weeks passing from our title win, there's been enough time for speculation over both strikers possibly leaving the club. But with both players back in their respective home countries, they've emerged blinking into the sunlight to say that everything in the City garden is rosy.
"The Argentina forward’s father-in-law, Diego Maradona, has said Aguero 'made a mistake' in joining City and should move to Real Madrid – who could be in the market for a striker, with Aguero’s compatriot Gonzalo Higuain hoping to leave this summer.
"But Aguero has moved to quash any talk that he could be tempted away from the Etihad Stadium and has targeted success in Europe to follow City’s league triumph.
“'I will continue with City, I want to play in the Champions League here,' he said.
Today City live up to anyone, so I don’t want to go. I decide where to go. If I say I stay, I stay.
...Aguero on his future
As for Mario, Graham adds: "And Balotelli insists he will never let indiscipline cost his team again. He has also rejected talk of a return to Italy with AC Milan, saying: 'I am happy at City and I will remain there.'"
The UK papers continue to be the main source of transfer talk, and the Mail links a new name with City.
"Manchester City believe they will capture the brilliant Spain defender Javi Martinez for around £25million.
"As the champions cool on a cash shootout with Chelsea for playmaker Eden Hazard, City hope to steal ahead of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid to sign Martinez.
"City are expected to send scouts to watch Martinez play for Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final, when he will face Barcelona in Pep Guardiola’s send-off game."
And the Sun's Martin Blackburn has roared out of the blocks to pick up on an exclusive interview with Pablo Zabaleta in the new ManC magazine, where Zaba reckons the prospect of fellow Argentine Lionel Messi joining City's South American contingent are remote.
"But one player who Zabaleta believes money cannot buy — for the time being — is his international team-mate Messi.
"He told ManC magazine: 'It’s very difficult to see Messi leaving Barca. In football you can never say never, as football changes a lot very quickly. But in the short term I don’t think there’s any chance he will leave.
“'He’s so good. If Messi is in your five-a- side in training then you will win!'"