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Manchester City Striker Plays Down Barcelona Move: Huge Boost For The Citizens?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Manchester City forward, Kun Aguero has played down talks of a possible transfer to Barcelona. The Argentine said, “In the past, there was the possibility to share the same locker room with Messi at club level, but now no longer.” He further added, “Even for a matter of age, both mine and his. I’m at City.”

Aguero’s future at the Etihad has been heavily speculated upon for the good part of the season. Despite scoring 30 times in City’s double-winning campaign, the Argentine’s starting spot is still not guaranteed for the upcoming season. Pep Guardiola chose to field Gabriel Jesus in the crucial fixtures in the 2017/18 campaign instead of the long-serving striker.

If it were not for the former’s injury, Aguero might have been reduced to a second-string option, something we get to see so often in top-flight clubs. A highly unfair climate to get stuck in after serving the club at his best for over the past 7 seasons.

At 31 years of age, Aguero has refused to show any signs of slowing down. He still has the snappy turn of pace and a low centre of gravity to beat defenders on the dribble. His finishing is still at the same world-class level that it always has been at. The Argentinian international has proven his doubters wrong time and time again with his short 5 feet 7 inches stature.

It was a massive boost for the City fans to hear Pep Guardiola’s intentions of keeping the esteemed striker. The former Barcelona manager is well aware of the talent he brings to the table and how important his role is at the club.

The Citizens were able to dominate the league due to the constant presence of Aguero up front. The seasonal quadruple or at least the triple was very much in City’s grasp, judging by the way in which they won the league this season.

It was almost a shock to see Liverpool beat them by an aggregate 5-1 scoreline in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals. Guardiola has answered his critics by winning the double but will be carrying the chip of European stage humiliation into the next season.

Read More: Manchester City To Rival Liverpool For 40 Y/O Defensive Legend: Should Guardiola Go For Him?

Having a young and prolific number nine like Jesus is a huge plus for the Citizens but at the moment keeping Aguero should top their priority list. His experience and scoring abilities will help City defend their title next campaign while having a real go at the continental cup.

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