Observando a Imprensa

Media City: Sergio's pledge

No matter how many times he says he is happy at City, there is always press speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for Sergio.

He continually denies he has any interest in a move to the Bernabeu, and during a radio interview in Argentina, Kun has reiterated he has no desire to play for any other European club – and when he does leave, it will be to return to his boyhood idols Independiente.

NBC Sport carry the small, but interesting snippet: 'For now I’m fine at Manchester City, and the day I leave it will be to return to Independiente.

'How long has it been rumoured about Real Madrid? I’m very happy at City and more so now with Pep.

'This month I’ve been thinking very positively and in the last few weeks my head has changed a lot.'

Sticking with our talismanic striker, it seems that he will start as a substitute for tonight’s crunch South American World Cup qualifier derby against Brazil.

Kun’s form for the national team has been called into question in his homeland of late, particularly after his spot-kick miss v Paraguay.

If he returns to Manchester with fresh legs next week, Pep Guardiola is unlikely to complain.

The Mirror report: “Aguero has been named on the bench for Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Brazil on Thursday night.

“Edgardo Bauza has decided to start Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, with support from Angel Di Maria, showing the riches of attacking talent at his disposal.

“It's a must-win clash for the Argentines against their most bitter rivals and Manchester City star Aguero hasn't delivered for his country of late.

“He missed from the spot in their 1-0 loss to Paraguay that leaves them lagging outside the automatic qualification spots and staring down a battle for a playoff.”

Elsewhere, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has moved to quell fears of another Vincent Kompany set-back.

Various reports claimed the City skipper had broken down prior to the clash with Holland, but they are wide of the mark according to the ex-Everton manager.

Squawka report: “Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said that Kompany is not injured, insisting that the centre-back was withdrawn from the starting line-up against the Netherlands as a precaution.

“Kompany had been named in Belgium’s first XI for the friendly with Danny Blind’s Holland side on Tuesday evening but the experienced defender was then removed from the team-sheet prior to kick-off.

“It led to concerns that the 30-year-old had sustained another injury, having missed Euro 2016 and the beginning of the season due to a set-back.

“However Martinez has spoken following the contest and is adamant that Kompany is not injured but his withdrawal was because the defender wasn’t feeling 100% for the match after participating in the warm-up.

‘I want every player to be 100 per cent. It’s too early to say if he will be ready for Sunday.’

Sky Sports carry this nugget about a trio of young Blues helping FC Twente enjoy a fruitful start to the campaign: “Pep Guardiola's Manchester City revolution is well underway at the Etihad Stadium, but there is another intriguing story unfolding some 400 miles away.

“Bersant Celina, Enes Unal and Yaw Yeboah are not household names like the senior stars at their parent club, but in the Dutch city of Enschede, home of FC Twente, they are already making a big impression.

“The attacking trio are regarded as some of the most exciting members of City's next generation, and in the last few months it has been easy to see why. They have scored 14 goals in 11 games between them since completing their loan moves in the summer, and a club who flirted with relegation last season now occupy one of the European spots.”

Watch out for a special feature on the lads coming up in a couple of weeks.

Finally, New York City FC star David Villa has heaped praise on former boss Guardiola,

Speaking to ESPN, Villa said: ‘Guardiola is one of the greatest coaches in the history of football and I feel proud to have worked with him.

‘His style is to have the ball, try to be offensive and attack, and when you lose the ball you have to recover it as soon as possible.

‘I think City will be among the candidates to win the Champions League. They have been one of the top teams and now even more so with Guardiola in charge.

‘They have been playing great football during the early stages of the tournament and I am sure they will have a chance to become champions with Pep.’

Here’s hoping…