Manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not pressure striker Sergio Aguero into making a decision on his future.
The 32-year-old Argentine striker is the club’s all-time record goalscorer but his contract expires at the end of the season. Despite his legendary status with Citizens, both player and club yet to clear the air over his future.
Guardiola has supported Aguero in getting back to his best after returning from injury. He has also stated that the striker will be given the right to decide whether or not to extend his contract.
He has only played 190 minutes this season, after knee surgery in the summer and a hamstring setback in October.
Guardiola says he is not yet fully fit but believes he will still make a major impact this season once he has recovered his sharpness.
Aguero was excluded from the squad that gave Burnley a 5-0 thrashing due to injury concerns.
“He is still not in his best condition. We cannot forget how long his injury was, and then he came back and was injured again.”
“He needs to be so sharp. We don’t have doubts about his quality to score goals in the box, but he needs a bit of time in training sessions and the minutes he will have.”– Manchester boss Pep Guardiola
Guardiola admits the past few days have been tough for Aguero following the death of Diego Maradona.
Aguero played under Maradona for the national team and was also once married to his daughter Giannina, who is the mother of his son.
“It is difficult for me to talk about his feelings. The impact on the day of the game against Olympiakos was hard, especially for his son. It was tough, it’s normal.
“He knew Maradona quite well and his son, it’s his grandfather. It’s a sad situation for his family.
“He’s okay but again it is a question for him, it’s difficult for me to answer.”– Guardiola on Aguero
Manchester City are struggling alongside Aguero in the Premier League this season. They found themselves in 10th position with just 15 points from 9 league matches, 6 points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
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