Pep Guardiola insists ‘incredible’ Sergio Aguero deserves ‘fair talks’ over his Manchester City future as the forward enters the final months of his contract at the Etihad.
Aguero is in the final year of his contract with Man City but has struggled for fitness in recent months, making just three starts in all competitions after undergoing knee surgery during the summer before suffering a hamstring injury at West Ham last month.
The Argentina international returned as a substitute during the midweek win at Olympiakos as he makes his latest return to fitness, with Guardiola admitting the 32-year-old is still some way off match sharpness at present.
However, Guardiola has backed Aguero to play an important role in the club’s season and has addressed the uncertainty currently surrounding the star’s contract, insisting the club record goalscorer deserves ‘fair talks’ over his future beyond the summer.
“He’s going to give us a good moment this season,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Burnley.
“He is still not in his best condition – we cannot forget how long he was injured and come back and then injured again.
“In the middle of the season, he’s a guy who needs to be so sharp but the quality to score in the box is always there, always was and always will be. We don’t have doubts about that, but he needs a little bit of time to get in the training sessions and the minutes [on the pitch], and after we have seven months ahead.
“He’s a guy who deserves with the club, fair talks to do what is the best for him for the club and for everyone. In that you should not doubt.
“As I said many times, I was lucky to play as a football player and manager with incredible football players. He’s one of these ones, for sure, but especially as a human being. I never found a bigger star like him to be to be like Sergio is.”