Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has discussed Sergio Aguero’s reduced game time, amid uncertainty over the Argentine’s future at the Etihad.
The 32-year-old has been sensational since arriving at the Etihad from Atletico Madrid back in 2011, having hit a record 256 goals for the club and playing a crucial role in the club’s four Premier League title triumphs.
After bagging an impressive 16 top-flight goals in just 24 games last season, the forward is yet to score in the league this term, with injury having restricted him to just 11 appearances in all competitions.
Despite his absence, Guardiola’s men look on course to secure a third league title in just four seasons, while they also enjoyed a sensational spell of 21 successive victories, a run that only came to an end with defeat in the Manchester Derby at the weekend.
That 2-0 loss at the Etihad saw Aguero once again on the bench, with the Argentina international not brought on despite his side trailing, raising further doubts over his future at the club.
With only a few months left on his current deal and no sign as yet of an extension, Aguero’s time with City could well be coming to end, particularly with the club seemingly in the market for a new striker this summer.
Amid such speculation over the striker’s future, Guardiola has admitted that he’s unsure over what will happen at the end of the season, but called for ‘calm’ over the situation.
“As a human and as a person, even as a player of course, we have to see what happens at the end of the season,” he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of City’s clash with Southampton on Wednesday.
“We cannot forget how long he was out. He has started getting better.
“I know he needs minutes to get to his best condition but we are not maybe in the moment to give him minutes because it is an important part of the season.
“We have to be calm. The club will speak to his agent to discuss the situation and we are going to talk at the end of the season. It’s the same with Fernandinho.
“I don’t know what is going to happen because in my mind, right now, I am far away from thinking about what is going to happen next season or the players that will be here.”