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It would be fair to say that Manchester City certainly missed the presence of Sergio Aguero in the club’s 1-1 draw with Stoke at the weekend, although it might not be too long before supporters see the Argentina striker take to the field again. Roberto Mancini has stated that the 24-year-old has been training with the first team squad for a week and is now in contention for the Champions League game against Real Madrid this week.
Aguero’s campaign started in the most disastrous fashion after he was forced off in City’s first game of the campaign against Southampton with a knee injury. Fortunately, he has not missed too many outings domestically due to the international break, although Mancini could not contain his disgust after Argentina decided to call up the player even though it was obvious he was not fit to play in their fixtures last week.
Nevertheless, after failing to return for the weekend game against Stoke, it looks like Aguero will definitely be involved in some capacity against Real on Tuesday. Speaking to the media, Mancini said, “Sergio has had a week working with the team so I think so. Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world. To play the first game away will be very tough but at the same time I think it will be a fantastic game for everyone.”
With Aguero poised to return to the reckoning, it remains to be seen which attacking option Mancini will decide to sacrifice. He opted to start with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli for the game with Stoke, with Edin Dzeko coming on as a late substitute. Following the troubles in front of goal in that clash, nobody quite knows what action the Italian will take ahead of the big Champions League encounter on Wednesday evening.
David Silva has undoubtedly been one of the best performers for Manchester City this season and he is set to be rewarded with a pay raise. It has been recently revealed that David Silva will be one of the squad members set to receive the new contract that will see his pay increase from £ 150,000 per week to £ 200,000 per week.
It would also put him alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré, while the other higher earner Carlos Tevez looks set to leave the club. David Silva has shown a number of other players at Manchester City. In fact, he has been largely responsible for the impressive start Manchester City have made to the season.
He is currently out with a small niggling injury, but is expected to return to first-team action soon. Roberto Mancini will be hoping for even better things from the Spaniard, who cost just £ 23 million from Valencia in 2010. He is now proving to be an incredible value for money, as he has assisted a number of Premier League goals for Manchester city. So far, he has provided 10 assists, a figure that is comparable only by his fellow Spaniard Mata at Chelsea.
“City believed in me and I’m very well here. Real Madrid and Barcelona are definitely two great clubs but I hope to stay in Manchester for many years,” David Silva said when asked about his choice of Manchester city over Real Madrid and Barcelona. Both these Spanish clubs were interested in the former Valencia winger, but it was ultimately the English club who landed him. Despite being only 26 years old, is already proving to be one of the best players for Manchester City in the years to come. The current contract will be extended by two years.
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