Fresh reason has emerged concerning Sergio Aguero’s insistence to join Chelsea despite having more sumptuous interests from other clubs outside the Premier League.
There are reports that Chelsea lead the race for the Manchester City star, who is to end his decade-long stay in the North West this summer when his contract expires.
The Argentine’s ambition to break Premier League goalscoring records is behind his desire to stay in England, in a boost to Chelsea’s hopes of landing the free agent.
Aguero will have offers from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but his preference would be to remain in the Premier League as the 32-year-old believes he still has much to give in this country.
And adding to his Premier League goals tally is a major reason as to Aguero’s desire to stay in English football, according to the Evening Standard.
The 32-year-old currently sits in fourth spot in the Premier League’s leading scorers charts, with his 181 goals just six behind Andy Cole’s 187 in third.
Alan Shearer’s 260 strikes may be an unreachable objective for Aguero, but a further two or three years in England could see him pass Wayne Rooney’s tally of 208.
Manchester City take a slender lead into the break, De Bruyne grabbing the invitation to fire them ahead at close range following that slick 19th-minute counterattack.
City in front at half time but there’s been plenty of controversy. The Guardiola side were given a penalty after a foul from Emre Can but the referee was instructed to go and review the decision on the monitor and he overturned the call.
Bellingham then had the ball in the net but the referee had already blown for a foul on Ederson, however, replays appeared to show the Dortmund man won the ball cleanly.
Dortmund, though, have shown plenty of threat, with Bellingham testing Ederson in the opening minutes and causing the home defence concerns on several occasions since. His side will be confident that they can hit back in the second half.
James Rodriguez has admitted he wanted a move to Atletico Madrid but it was blocked by Real Madrid.
The Colombia star was denied the move to their rivals and ended up joining Everton. Rodriguez told ESPN: “I played very little in Madrid. Especially in my second spell.
“After leaving Bayern I had everything ready to join Atletico Madrid, but Real Madrid didn’t let me.”
The playmaker instead ended up joining Everton last summer and credits Carlo Ancelotti for convincing him to move to England.
Rodriguez said: “If it weren’t for Carlo, I wouldn’t have come [to Everton]. It’s the truth. Then, I started to get to know the club, the people, and I saw that everyone wanted to win, like me.
“But Carlo being here was fundamental. It hasn’t been easy for me due to physical problems, but I know that when I play well, the team play well. I’ve shown my strength at the club, and with my teammates. I want Everton to play good football.”
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger ‘showed Kepa who’s boss’ in their training-ground clash, it has been claimed.
The Blues duo had to be pulled apart during a fiery Easter Sunday session.
And The Athletic have reported further details on the pair’s showdown at Cobham. Kepa and Rudiger were playing in a small-sided game organised for the players who missed out on Saturday’s 5-2 thrashing by West Brom.
Spanish goalkeeper Kepa reportedly gave Rudiger ‘a few verbals as the match was going on’. The Athletic reported: “They then collided when going for the same ball and that sparked a physical confrontation with a lot of pushing and shoving.”
The report also quoted a source as saying: “Rudiger showed Kepa who’s boss.”
Thomas Tuchel’s men were still smarting from a harrowing defeat by West Brom at Stamford Bridge the day before. The Telegraph earlier reported that the argument was started in a small-sided game, in which defender Rudiger is said to have gone in late on Kepa.