Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Future Looks Bleak at City for Aguero

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Future Looks Bleak at City for Aguero

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PEP Guardiola dropped Sergio Aguero at the first genuine opportunity - and that must be the fear for City's long-time talisman.

Assurances from both the club and manager regarding his future must also sound hollow right now.

Actions speak louder than words.

And the arrival of a shiny new alternative in the form of Gabriel Jesus has provided Guardiola with the means with which to displace his leading scorer after months of flirtations.

It has been a drawn-out process. Aguero's future has been the source of conjecture right up to the point that the axe fell.

There were Guardiola's continual demands for more - even at a time when Aguero was plundering 11 goals in his first six games under his new manager.

There was a chastening night at the Nou Camp, when Guardiola chose the biggest game of the season to bench his deadliest force in a 4-0 defeat.

And by the time Aguero was dropped for the victory against West Ham at the start of the month - he'd already been left out of games against Everton and Burnley. Combined with the long-running uncertainty over a contract that had been agreed months earlier, there was almost a sense of inevitability when the 28-year-old was replaced by Brazil's latest No. 9. City may be adamant they do not want to sell a player who has only just signed a new contract that runs until 2020.

And the player himself may be committed to a club he has never agitated to leave since his arrival in 2011.

But his current predicament simply cannot be allowed to continue.

Aguero is too good to play second fiddle.

He knows it. City know it.

And so do a host of potential suitors from Europe to China, who will be monitoring his situation intently.

From a player regarded by Manuel Pellegrini as capable of challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world's finest, to a cameo sub against Swansea.

Aguero is quite possibly the best player in world football not to be guaranteed a starting place at this moment. …

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