A cloud of doubt has been cast over Sergio Aguero’s future at Manchester City following the Argentine’s benching against Barcelona.
The Telegraph, Mirror and Star all report that Aguero was shocked to learn he would not start against Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon and that City’s star forward did not even participate in the pre-match warm-ups with the other substitutes. Sergio Aguero did eventually come on, but only fourteen minutes from time when the game was virtually over as a contest.
The Telegraph have suggested that players at Manchester City have noticed some underlying tensions between Guardiola and Sergio Aguero in recent weeks although they stop there and state that there is no underlying-issue with Aguero set to sign his long-awaited contract extension. The Times endorse that viewpoint and insist that there is no problem between them.
However, ‘sources’ at both the Mirror and Star have painted a scene as one of high-stakes for both Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero. “There is believed to be tension between the pair and fan hero Aguero” writes David McDonnell in The Mirror who indicates that Sergio Aguero is set to be the latest high-profile casualty at Manchester City.
McDonnell drew on Aguero’s comments during the international break that Pep was “picky about everything” and that Manchester City’s ventures for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann are signs that the “Argentine’s days could be numbered.”
Furthermore, The Telegraph stated that Aguero’s decision to play for Argentina against Paraguay last Tuesday, despite limping out of a previous qualifier five days earlier, appears to have been “a bone of some contention” with Guardiola. With City welcoming Gabriel Jesus into the fold in January, the young Palmeiras sensation will be set to rival the “previously untouchable Aguero for his place” according to The Mirror.
But what all publications agreed on is that Sergio Aguero would sign his next contract with Manchester City shortly, even though, as City Watch reported then, Aguero is said to have agreed his one-year extension all the way back in January.