Sergio Aguero scored twice as he scored his 100th and 101st goals at the Etihad – AFP
It seems faintly ludicrous in many respects that the future of a player who claimed his fifteenth and sixteenth goals of the campaign, and 100th and 101st at the Etihad Stadium, on an afternoon when Manchester City chalked up a seventeenth successive Premier League win, could be the subject of so much debate.
For all the talk of Sergio Aguero being disillusioned under Pep Guardiola, the Argentina striker remains one of football’s most reliable goal machines and if the likely arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal does bring his future to a head, the City manager was adamant he will not be the one to determine it.
“I respect Sergio a lot, all he has done, what he does, what he will do in the future, he’s a legend,” Guardiola said when asked about the latest reports Aguero could leave next summer. “He will decide absolutely everything about his life, and his future, and I am delighted with him. I am so happy to have him here.
“I was a football player and I understand when players are substituted or don’t play they are sad and upset. I try to have the best relationship as possible with my players. I understand completely when they are upset but sometimes I think Gabriel deserves to play too. The important thing is the respect between each other – don’t be happy with me, that’s not a problem. The most important thing, and our secret, is they have amazing relations between them. The locker room with the players and staff is a dream to go and train with them every day. That’s most important – when they respect each other. The other thing I completely understand the feelings.”