Facing competition from Gabriel Jesus and Kelechi Iheanacho at the Etihad Stadium, with some suggesting he also doesn’t fit into Pep Guardiola’s style of play, there have been a number of reports that suggest Sergio Aguero could leave the Premier League this summer.
City’s all-time top-scorer has been a huge hit in English football since moving to Manchester from Atletico Madrid but, despite notching 17 goals this season, the Argentine international has certainly not quite been at his best this season.
Guardiola’s side would expect a momentous sum if they were to cash-in on Aguero but, despite his competition for first-team football, the South American made it keen he wants to stay on at the club.
‘As I’ve always said I want to be here at the club, I’ve always said that at the end of the season it won’t be my decision. The truth is that with these things it’s the club that handles everything, and obviously it’s always my intention to stay.’
‘We (Guardiola) get on very well. What he wants, above everything, from all the players is that we push a little more. He’s always asking me for more, more, more [looks up and smiles], obviously it’s a sacrifice I have to make, that we all have to make, and fortunately tonight it worked and we’ll see if it keeps working in the next game.’
‘The only thing I can do is keep fighting to be able to play. Fortunately he counted on me, now I have to help the team and show what I can do.’
Undoubtably. Aguero may be short of his brilliant best this season but the fact that he’s still managed to net 17 goals says everything- and that tally includes a brace against Monaco last night, which gave the Citizens a 5-3 first-leg advantage.
At 28-years-old, Aguero is also in the prime years of his career and his overall play in the win over Monaco showed he can fit into Guardiola’s style, as he was determined to close down any loose ball and didn’t give a shaky Monaco defence a moment of peace.
Gabriel Jesus and Kelechi Iheanacho are certainly both the future at the Etihad Stadium but with the pair 19 and 20 respectively, putting too much pressure on their shoulders this soon could have disastrous consequences.