Paper Round: Aguero turns down Real

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, the man who scored the last-gasp goal which brought City the title earlier this month, will reject a summer move to Real Madrid according to Monday's papers.


Diego Maradona's son-in-law has warmed the hearts of City fans once again as the Times reports that the £50 million-rated Argentine will stay put: "My future is at Manchester City. I want to stay here," he told the paper.

Also on Real Madrid's radar is Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, who has admitted he is aware that Jose Mourinho wants to sign him - though what he makes of that is entirely up to which newspaper you read. The Guardian leads its report by saying that the player "has indicated that he is happy to stay" at Chelsea, while The Sun's sub-headline is "Ivanovic unsettled by Jose interest".

Patrice Evra has tried to convince this summer's universal transfer target Eden Hazard to pick Manchester United over Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Tottenham or any of the other many clubs who've been linked with a move for the Belgian star.

"I'm not his father but, if he comes to Manchester, I assure him that he will win titles. That's if he joins my Manchester, not the Blue side," Evra told the Manchester Evening News.

The Daily Mail also reports on the Hazard situation, claiming that the 21-year-old Lille man is cheekily insisting that he is guaranteed a starting spot in the number 10 shirt at whichever club he moves to.

Several papers follow up the news that Liverpool will find out on Tuesday whether Roberto Martinez will take over at Anfield, with The Guardian claiming that the Wigan manager has genuinely yet to decide whether he will stay or go, but has arranged a press conference in any case to force himself to make up his mind rather than let things drag on all summer.

The Daily Mirror runs the same story - under the mightily tasteless headline 'See you next Tuesday?' - but also claims that Wigan's outspoken chairman Dave Whelan is ready to put his hands in his pocket to offer Martinez a big-money offer to keep him at the DW Stadium.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean wants to sign Manchester United's young brothers Will and Michael Keane on loan, according to the Daily Mirror, with Alex Ferguson apparently eager to loan the England U19 duo to a local club in order to keep tabs on them more easily.

Celtic are to make a £5m bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes, according to the Daily Record, though considering the Telegraph claims he is worth £8m and is a target for Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham that doesn't seem too likely.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert will make a £1.4m bid for Leeds United'sRobert Snodgrass (Daily Mirror), Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Odil Ahmedov has openly stated that he wants to move to Arsenal, who were tracking him last summer (Daily Mail), while Southampton will offer a £2m plus Jason Puncheon to bring in Tom Ince from Blackpool (Daily Mirror).

And finally, if you've written off England's chances at Euro 2012, you're in good company: apparently Roy Hodgson has done the same, and is already focusing on getting the side ready for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Telegraph reports that Roy has apparently already booked his flights to Brazil for the day after the Euros finish (though the day after the group stage wraps up would probably have done him just as well) in order to scout potential bases for the tournament.

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