Guardiola insists Aguero will not leave Man City
The former Barcelona boss has played down reports the Argentine is set to join Chelsea while also insisting Claudio Bravo will remain at the Etihad
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reiterated his stance that Sergio Aguero will not be allowed to leave the Premier League club this summer.
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The Argentina international has been linked with a move to Chelsea despite the Blues having agreed a fee for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
But Guardiola has hit out at such reports, claiming he has never thought of selling the former Atletico Madrid man while also playing down reports of a deal for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez
“Alexis plays for Arsenal, so Arsene said that [Sanchez will stay]. He knows more than me,” the Catalan told a press conference.
“We have two really good strikers in Sergio and Gabriel [Jesus] so, in those terms, we are good. It’s not about a striker.
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“The problem was, last season, Gabriel was out for a long time and we would like to see both of them together.”
“You know my opinion about Sergio. I said many times last season and I have not changed a word of what I said.
“He is our player and he will remain here.”
110 – Sergio Aguero has the best minutes per goal rate of any Premier League player in history (min 15 goals). Citizen. pic.twitter.com/qBSBqoXjSv
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Alexis’s international colleague Claudio Bravo appeared to face a less certain future following an error-strewn debut campaign in Manchester.
He was the penalty shoot-out hero in his country’s Confederations Cup semi-final triumph over Portugal last month but is set to begin the season as second choice behind new recruit Ederson at City.
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Nevertheless, Guardiola is keen for the 34-year-old former Barcelona man to compete with Ederson and dismissed suggestions City were in the market for experienced Napoli keeper Pepe Reina.
“No, no – we will go with Ederson, Claudio and the young players [goalkeepers],” Guardiola added.