Monday 22 October 2018

Sergio Aguero addresses Man City future after rumours of falling out with Guardiola

Sergio Aguero, pictured, believes Harry Kane would have no problem succeeding at Real Madrid
Sergio Aguero, pictured, believes Harry Kane would have no problem succeeding at Real Madrid

Andy Hampson

Sergio Aguero insists he wants to stay at Manchester City until his contract expires in 2020 - but says the club will make the decision.

There has been recurring uncertainty over Aguero's future since Pep Guardiola took charge as manager in 2016, despite repeated assurances from the club he will not be leaving.

In December reports emerged from the club claiming Guardiola was pleased with the striker and determined to keep him, having been impressed with his workrate and determination to adapt to his methods.

But that did not prevent conflicting stories emerging suggesting the Argentinian, who became City's record goalscorer this season, was unhappy about not always starting and was inclined to push for an exit.

Asked about this after scoring in City's 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday, Aguero told reporters: "I have until 2020, I think.

"The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me."

Asked further if he wanted to stay, the 29-year-old said: "For me, yes. Obviously my plan is not to change clubs.

"The truth is I'm very happy here but, as always, as I said before, the club has the last word.

"They're the only ones who decide, because obviously the club is the one who makes the decisions, they are the ones who say you have to go or have to stay, so I'll respect whatever they tell me."

Aguero also said "everything's fine" when asked about his relationship with Guardiola.

Aguero, who joined City in 2011, overtook Eric Brook's 78-year-old record to become City's leading goalscorer in November. He has since scored seven more to take his City tally to 185.

When asked about Aguero in December, Guardiola maintained his stance that the player would be allowed to stay as long as he wanted.

He said: "He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I'm delighted to have him here."

City's victory over Watford took them 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and Aguero feels they are now well on course for the title.

He said: "The Premier League isn't decided yet, but we are in a position of great strength to win it.

"It's my seventh year here, I know a bit about the league and the most important thing is to win points in December, and we have done that very well. We have to keep it going in the matches that are left."

With Aguero having already won the Premier League twice at City, he admits Champions League glory is now his main motivation.

"I would prefer to win the Champions League over the league because it's something City haven't won yet," he said.

Press Association

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