Sergio Aguero has scored 18 goals for Manchester City
SERGIO AGUERO will not be sold this summer Manchester City banking on him to scale new heights at the Etihad.
Aguero cast doubt over his future after he was overlooked and upstaged once again by Jesus for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea.City sources have indicated that despite Aguero’s claim he has been left in the dark about his future, they are intent on keeping him at the club.Senior officials have made it clear that City new boy Gabriel Jesus was not signed as a replacement for the Argentina striker.
They believe that the arrival of the £27m Brazilian frontman will inspire Aguero to become an even better player.
Aguero, 28, has had little competition for his place since arriving fromAtletico Madrid in 2011 for £38m.He has led City to two Premier League titles and scored 154 goals in the process.The star striker has seen off the likes of Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli with none of them really able to challenge him for his position.
But now Jesus has arrived from Palmeiras, Aguero has found himself dropped to the bench for City’s last two games against West Ham and Swansea.
Jesus has scored three goals in those two games which has cast further doubt over his future after boss Pep Guardiola also dropped him for key games earlier in the season.
But the City boss is still a fan of the Argentina striker and has made that clear.A senior source said: “It will be good for him because now he has some serious competition.”Meanwhile, Pablo Zabaleta has also backed his fellow countryman to improve now he has serious competition for his place.
He said: “At the end of the day, football is like this – especially with the big squads, where you have more than one big player in each position.
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“It’s not the first time he’s been dropped. We need a strong squad to win titles”
Man City player Pablo Zabaleta
“And of course, Sergio has been playing for most of the years as first choice. Now we have Gabriel Jesus, who played the last two games and did really well.
“I think it’s good to have two players with that quality.
“I think it’s always good to have healthy competition in the team – you know you have to perform well to keep your place in the team and that’s normal for the big squads.
“He’ll be OK. He’s a mature guy. Listen, years ago it was Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko, Kun. It’s not the first time he’s been dropped. We need a strong squad to win titles.”