Thursday 19 October 2017

Aguero: Phones rub Pep up wrong way

Aguero: Back from Argentina duty. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
Aguero: Back from Argentina duty. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

James Ducker

Sergio Aguero has revealed that Pep Guardiola switched off the Wi-Fi at Manchester City's training ground after the manager discovered one of his players using his mobile phone while he was having a massage.

Guardiola is eager for his players to communicate with each other face-to-face and, in an effort to help foster team spirit, he took the unusual step earlier this season of blocking the internet in some areas of the club's £200million City Football Academy.

Now Aguero, the City striker, has lifted the lid on the incident that triggered Guardiola's decision to turn off the Wi-Fi in the dressing room, massage room and pool area at the academy, which also has no 3G or 4G access in the lower-ground areas where most of the first team's facilities are housed.

"It seems that one time, he entered the massage rooms and saw one of my team-mates, I don't know who it was, relaxing with his phone and, I don't know, maybe he did not like it," Aguero said. "From then, he cut the internet. 'What happened? We don't have the internet here', I said.

"In the dressing room, where everything is all closed [off], there is no signal. Therefore one can only use the Wi-Fi. I said: 'Is the Wi-Fi broken? What happened?'

"I am preparing the orange juice, and they [team-mates] were asking if the internet was working. 'I think it's broken,' I said. He had cut the internet. In the changing room, massage room and pool we don't have the internet. Upstairs there is a little bit of 3G."

Aguero emerged unscathed from Argentina's 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Paraguay in Cordoba on Tuesday, when the striker missed a penalty, despite suffering an injury scare last week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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