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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

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Sergio Aguero has said he will remain with Manchester City despite suggestions he may leave the club.

Aguero was asked in an interview with TyC Sports (h/t Marca‘s Charly Siffredi) about the possibility of him linking up with close friend and compatriot Lionel Messi at club level. 

“Sincerely, before there was that possibility,” said Aguero. “It is now a question of age for both him and for me. He is going to stay at Barcelona, where he’s playing well, and I’ll do so at City.”

Aguero’s father recently told newspaper Ole (h/t Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror) that “it’s possible” the pair could yet play together.

The striker’s future has also been uncertain ever since manager Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad Stadium amid concerns he is not a perfect fit in the coach’s system.

Earlier in May, Radio Marca (h/t Marca‘s Adrian Gomez) reported Aguero’s former team Atletico Madrid had made contact with him regarding a move this summer.

Guardiola expressed his doubt that Aguero would leave but admitted he was not certain, per Goal’s Sam Lee:

The striker, who turns 30 on June 2, is the Sky Blues’ record goalscorer and is now just one shy of 200 for the club in 292 appearances.

Aguero missed the final few weeks of the campaign with a knee injury, but he nevertheless managed to reach 30 goals for the season in all competitions.

As Squawka Football demonstrated, it’s far from the first time he has achieved such a tally:

While Aguero may not provide as much off the ball or in linking play as some other forwards, he has improved in those regards since Guardiola took charge and has remained a clinical finisher and match-winner.

Replacing him with someone of similar calibre would be far from easy, even for a club of City’s resources, but it bodes well that Aguero is confident of staying put.

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