Franco di Santo being frozen out by Jorge Sampaoli

Franco di Santo is heading into a problematic situation, as Atletico Mineiro coach Jorge Sampaoli is not keen on bringing him back to training even as football is on the verge of resuming to its normal schedule. The Argentine striker is back in his home continent after signing forAtletico Mineiro.

Fulham legend confident of the club’s chances of automatic promotion

Fulham legend Tony Gale is confident of the Cottagers’ prospects of claiming a top-two spot in the Championship this term. The west London side have responded impressively after their relegation from the Premier League last season and they are currently five points adrift of second-placed Leeds United with 10 games to play.

Aguero insists Manchester City will fight until the very end for the title

Argentina international Sergio Aguero has said that Manchester City will fight until the very end to defend their Premier League title against Liverpool. The Citizens have made an unfavourable start to the current campaign and they are presently nine points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are comfortably at the top of the league standings.

Martinez says it is difficult to remain a permanent figure with ArgentinaMartinez says it is difficult to remain a permanent figure with Argentina

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has thanked the Argentina backroom staff following his hat-trick during the 4-0 triumph over Mexico. The 22-year-old has been a regular for the South America heavyweights since the conclusion of the previous World Cup and he expressed his pleasure after scoring his maiden international treble against El Tri.

Laurens backs Giovani Lo Celso to prove a success at Tottenham

ESPN pundit Julien Laurens has backed Giovani Lo Celso to prove a success with Tottenham Hotspur this season. The Argentina international joined the north London giants on a season-long loan from Real Betis on transfer deadline day, but the club have the option of landing him permanently for a club-record £60m fee next summer.

Higuain’s agent and brother says the striker will remain with Juventus

The representative of Gonzalo Higuain has said that the Argentine will remain with Juventus for the remaining two years of his contract. The 31-year-old fell out-of-favour under manager Max Allegri after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer and he thereafter spent loan spells with AC Milan and Chelsea respectively.

As such, he had been touted to secure a permanent departure from the Bianconeri but that stance has changed in recent weeks with the striker reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at a third separate club. Writing on his official Twitter account, Higuain’s brother Nicola reaffirmed that the striker’s desire to honour the remaining length of the Bianconeri contract, he wrote: “Gonzalo will only play for Juventus in Italy. Two years contract remains and it will be respected.”

Guardiola hails legendary Aguero after winning goal against Burnley

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has once more described Sergio Aguero as a legend after the Argentine scoring the only goal during the recent Premier League meeting against Burnley. The Citizens faced a must-win situation against the Clarets to return to the top of the standings and they managed to do so with Aguero coming up with the winner which was decided through the Goal Decision System.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola praised the qualities of the Argentina international, who has come up with important goals during the course of his Citizens career. He added that he has been pleased with the reaction from the team since their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

Ever Banega hopeful of playing for Argentina at Copa America

Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega has spoken about the prospects of returning to the Argentina national team before this summer’s Copa America. The 30-year-old has been out of contention for his country since the World Cup last year but he remains optimistic of making a comeback before the continental competition starts in Brazil.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “If one day I am called up, I would welcome it. I see myself for the Copa America but not for the World Cup in Qatar, no. We value everything that we did because it cost us a lot. We always went forward and I can’t take anything away from us. We all wanted the same thing but it wouldn’t happen. Now there’s a new road and hopefully it goes well.”

Robert Pires says the Premier League golden boot race is between Aguero and Salah

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes the Premier League golden boot is likely to be decided between Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah this term. Aguero is currently leading the scoring charts with 18 goals but Salah is right behind the Argentine alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane with 17 goals apiece.

Speaking to Bwin, Pires pointed out Aguero and Salah as the main contenders for the golden boot. He added that Aguero has been the better performer when it comes against the top-six but Salah should still provide stiff competition in the race for the accolade, he said: “I think the race to the golden boot is between Salah and [Sergio] Aguero.

FRANCO DI SANTO JOINS RAYO VALLECANO

AudaxItaliano. In his maiden season, 2006/2007, he registered 26 goals in 76 matches, including a goal in six matches in the Copa Libertadores.

Also, the following year in 2007, he recorded 12 goals in 17 games for the Chilean club, including a goal in the Copa Sudamericana.

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