What's trending: Copa America draw, Aguero to commit to Man City
Here are the top stories from Monday:
MAN CITY: Sergio Aguero has informed Manchester City he is willing to finish his career at the Etihad, sources close to both the player and the club have told ESPN FC, and officials no longer worry he has any desire to return to Spain.
- Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to play a weakened team after Manchester City were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.
- Did Pellegrini's under-strength City side devalue the FA Cup, asks Miguel Delaney?
- Lazio have issued a denial to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport claiming president Claudio Lotito was overheard saying that he has sold Felipe Anderson to Manchester United for €60 million.
- Louis van Gaal has stressed the need for Manchester United to regain their fear factor. Van Gaal's men travel to Shrewsbury on Monday night for an FA Cup fifth-round game marking the start of a week that looks potentially vital for their season
- Chris Smalling has described the FA Cup as "massive" for Manchester United because of the disappointments the club have suffered this season.
- With the groups set for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, Tim Vickery predicts the eight teams that will advance to the knockout stages.
- Mexico will be happy with Copa America Centenario draw in Group C, but the U.S. national team was dealt the toughest of the four groups in Sunday's gala draw at the Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan.
ARSENAL: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes his side have what it takes to keep Barcelona's attacking "armada" quiet in the Champions League. "Just by looking at their statistics you see that they have the best offensive armada in Europe or even the world."
- Arsene Wenger knows his side must avoid another irreparable first-leg loss at home in the Champions League on Tuesday, saying Arsenal "can't be stupid" against Barcelona.
- WATCH: The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on how Arsenal can limit Barcelona's chances and make the most of theirs on Tuesday.
- Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he is confident of retaining all of the club's key stars despite acknowledging that the money in the Premier League is an issue for the European champions.
- John Obi Mikel has said almost all of Chelsea's players want interim manager Guus Hiddink to remain in charge beyond this season because of the way the Dutchman has transformed the fortunes and mood of the club.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied that his team were out of the La Liga title race after being held to a 1-1 draw at Malaga on Sunday.
- WATCH: The ESPN FC team discuss Barcelona's impressive form in La Liga, and debate if Real Madrid have improved under Zidane.
FIFA: FIFA presidential candidates Gianni Infantino and and Tokyo Sexwale will visit Robben Island, the apartheid-era prison off Cape Town on Monday, four days before the election to choose a successor for Sepp Blatter.
- One of the most important elections in FIFA's history takes place on Feb. 26, when officials vote on who should replace Blatter. Here, we take a look at 10 key things about the election that will shape FIFA's future.
- Martin Glenn, the Football Association's chief executive, believes another high-profile controversy could sound the death knell for FIFA.
- Worawi Makudi, the former president of the Thai football federation, has been banned for three months by FIFA after it found he had breached an order barring him from all football-related activity for 90 days.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his gratitude for manager Jurgen Klopp's public backing. He told kicker: "It's a good feeling that the coach is fully behind me. It does me good that he praises me in public. There is enough pressure in our job."
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MSN Stats- ME5SISTATS (@MessiStats) February 22, 2016
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Come back tomorrow for another roundup of the trending stories across world football.