Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero can still play an important role with the team after returning from a serious knee injury, but (the Argentine striker) has to show his potential on the field if he wants to get a new contract.
Aguero, who joined City in 2011 and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 254 goals, expires at the end of the season and can negotiate with clubs outside the country from January.
Aguero, 32, was injured in June and came back during City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday in the Premier League soccer league.
Guardiola returned, telling British media, “Aguero must now show that he deserves to continue here, and that he continues to play well, score goals and win matches … and then the club will decide.”
“If he plays at his level, there will be no doubts that he will continue until he decides because he is exceptional. He is important to us, our fans and everyone,” he added.
“But he missed 4 months and he has to start training regularly and start scoring goals. With Aguero on the stadium we are better and safe. We missed him in the important moments in the last part of last season.”
City, which ranks tenth in the league with 7 points from 4 games, begins its Champions League campaign on Wednesday against Porto before facing West Ham United in the English Premier League early next week.