Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will decide his own future at the club, says manager Pep Guardiola after dropping him against Barcelona.
The Argentine has been one of City’s top performers since he joined the club in 2011, but was surprisingly named on the bench in this week’s crunch tie at the Nou Camp.
With a prolific record of 147 goals in 217 games for City, Aguero is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in world football, but it seems Guardiola is not exactly desperate to hold on to him.
The Spanish tactician insists the player reacted well to being benched, but also hinted that if he wants out of the Etihad Stadium, he is free to do so.
He said: ‘I spoke with Sergio, we talked about that. He was so understanding and helped us a lot from the bench and in the last minutes if the game was close, the last 30-35 minutes and their central defenders were tried, I thought Sergio could help us a lot.
‘When Sergio decides to leave Manchester City, it will be his decision. I appreciate him as a football player and appreciate as a man what he did here.’
Guardiola also added that he would not change his controversial approach to tactics, which has served him well in his short managerial career so far.
‘I think about that, yes, but after that the solution is not better than what I believe. So I cannot,’ he explained.
‘Do you know why? Because in seven years I won 21 titles. So it’s three titles per year playing in that way.
‘But if you believe I arrive here and in three months everything is going well and I’m going to win in the Camp Nou 0-4, I’m going to dominate against (Lionel) Messi and Luis Suarez, and Neymar is going to create nothing, and (Andres) Iniesta isn’t going to play good, no.
‘I’m good, but it’s not enough! No, I’m not going to change.
‘If it’s not going well in the future, if next season isn’t going well in that way, I will go home. So, it doesn’t change.’