City striker can’t hide his love of ge­nius Leo

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI si­mon.bajkowski@trin­i­tymir­ @sp­ba­jko

SER­GIO Aguero would ‘love’ to have Lionel Messi on his team as he reaf­firms his com­mit­ment to City.

Messi, 30, has been al­lowed to en­ter the fi­nal year of his con­tract at Barcelona and could leave for free at the end of the sea­son.

De­spite sev­eral as­sur­ances from pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu that a new con­tract is all but done, it is yet to be of­fi­cially an­nounced by the club.

The avail­abil­ity of the Barcelona great will have the world’s lead­ing clubs on alert and Pep Guardi­ola will not be dis­suaded that his for­mer player is the best in the world.

Aguero knows ex­actly how good he is, hav­ing played with the Ar­gen­tine at in­ter­na­tional level.

And hav­ing fought off com­pe­ti­tion from Gabriel Je­sus for his first-team place last sea­son, the City star – who is con­tracted up to 2020 ac­cord­ing to club sources – is set­tled at the Eti­had and looks bet­ter than ever un­der Guardi­ola this sea­son, earn­ing the man­ager’s praise.

Echo­ing Fer­nand­inho’s thoughts about the club’s fi­nances, Aguero would love for his pal to join him in Manch­ester if the stars align.

“The money isn’t a prob­lem here,” Aguero said. “But I think Messi, like [Cris­tiano] Ron­aldo, are play­ers who are sym­bols of their clubs and it’s dif­fi­cult for them to leave.

“I would love to have Leo on my team, but that seems quite com­pli­cated.”

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