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“Never wanted him”: Pep Guardiola slammed in now-deleted tweet after Chelsea defeat



Sergio Aguero’s decade-long stay at Manchester City ended on a sour note following their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in Saturday’s Champions League final.

Pep Guardiola’s side became the eighth straight team to lose in their European final debut after Kai Havertz’s first-half strike separated the pair in Porto.

City’s all-time record scorer came off the bench in the 77th minute to play a short cameo, but it proved ineffective as Chelsea held on to clinch their second Champions League crown.

Aguero’s brother, Independiente striker Mauricio del Castillo, took to Twitter on Sunday and said Guardiola “never wanted” his brother at the Etihad Stadium but later deleted the post.

The Daily Mail reported his tweet read: “Guardiola never wanted my brother since his arrival at City.”

Del Castillo told followers he deleted the post because of too many “toxic people,” though he clarified he’d happily express the sentiment again.

Replying to one commenter, he added: “Perfect, I’m glad people have seen it. And I’ll write it again if I want.”

Aguero, 32, will leave City as their all-time top scorer, having bagged 260 goals for the club across all competitions.

That includes 184 goals in the Premier League, making him the highest-scoring player still in England’s top flight. Tottenham’s Harry Kane comes closest to that mark among active players, with 166 to his name.

Aguero has reportedly agreed a two-year contract with Barcelona and is expected to join the Catalan giants on a free transfer this summer.

The South American joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and averaged a little less than 30 goals per season across his first eight campaigns at the Etihad.

Injuries restricted Aguero to just six goals in 20 total outings this term, although Guardiola has left the striker out of his plans even when fully fit at times.

Nevertheless, the coach broke into tears after Aguero came off the bench to score twice when City concluded their Premier League season with a 5-0 thrashing of Everton: “He’s a special person for all of us.

”He’s so nice. He helped me a lot, he’s so good.

“We cannot replace him, we cannot.

“There have been many players at this club, like Joe Hart and David Silva, who have helped us to be this club – what it is.

“We helped his legacy and he showed his quality in 20 minutes.”

Guardiola arrived at the Etihad in the summer of 2016, and City completed the signing of Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus the following January.

The Citizens have become accustomed to playing without a recognised striker this season, with Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva at times preferred as false frontmen.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been linked as a potential Aguero replacement this summer, although Jesus may have to move in the opposite direction as a makeweight for the deal to happen.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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