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Manchester City Boss Urges This Star Man To Earn Himself A Contract Extension: Right Call By Pep?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged Sergio Aguero to earn his contract extension when he said, “Sergio now has to show, like every one of us, that he deserves to continue here – keep playing well, scoring goals and winning games – and after that the club and I will decide.”

The Spanish manager even went on to add (via Sky Sports), “But if he is playing in his level we don’t have any doubts that he is a player to stay until he decides because he is unique. He is important for us, our fans and everyone.

“But he was out four months and he has to start training regularly and start to score goals – this is the most important thing.

“Having Aguero on the pitch, we are better, we are safer. We missed him a lot in the important moments at the end part of last season, but now is good news for us that he is back.”

Aguero’s Rollercoaster Of Emotions Over The Past 12 Months

The 32-year-old was out for a long time due to a knee injury and produced a lacklustre performance on his return against Arsenal last weekend. The Argentine goal-getter looks way off the pace at the moment, but if he can get his rhythm back, then he might still be able to help Man City win a few trophies during this campaign.

The Buenos Aires-born forward enjoyed another marvellous season at the Etihad Stadium last season when he put in a string of match-winning performances under Pep Guardiola’s expert tutelage. He registered 23 goals and four assists in 32 appearances for the Mancunian giants in the previous campaign in all competitions.

Manchester City boss urges Aguero to earn a contract extension (Aguero is seen in the photo)
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on January 18, 2020, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Aguero showed what he is still capable of by averaging 3.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the 2019-20 Premier League season. The 97-time Argentine international also interchanged possession relatively well with his teammates in the offensive third of the field as evident from his pass success rate of 80.5% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

What Does The Argentine Marksman Add To Pep Guardiola’s Side?

Aguero is not the quickest of forwards anymore but he can still make some pacey dashes to get in behind the opposition defence in the attacking third. He is a natural goal-scorer and will be expected to assume his duties as Guardiola’s first-choice striker if he can get back to his best in the coming weeks.

The Argentine sensation can create chances out of nothing and has got the ability to turn a match on its head. Plus, he can also contribute by picking up an assist from time to time. However, there is no hiding from the fact that the Man City legend is on the decline.

Did Guardiola Make The Right Call By Urging Aguero To Earn Himself A Contract Extension At Man City?

With all things considered, it seems like the Man City head coach has made the right call by advising Aguero to show why he deserves to continue to be a part of his squad. If the South American attacker can get back to his best, then he will surely get another chance to extend his stay with the reigning EFL Cup champions. If not, then it might be curtains for Aguero next summer following a long and decorated career at Manchester.

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