Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues “miss him a lot” when he’s not fit to play.

The 32-year-old has hit 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time, becoming their all-time record scorer in the process, but injurieshave often held him back from making an even greater contribution.

The Argentine made his return to action after four months out with a knee issue against Arsenal on October 17, and he netted his 40th Champions League goal four days later in a 3-1 win over Porto.

Aguero retained a spot in Guardiola’s starting XI for a clash with West Ham at the weekend, but extended his scoring drought in the Premier League to eight games as City were held to a 1-1 draw, while also picking up a fresh knock.

Guardiola confirmed that a prized asset could be set for another four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring issue ahead of a trip to Marseille on Tuesday night.

The City boss was also asked whether or not City have opened talks with Aguero over a contract renewal, but he refused to be drawn on his future before expressing his frustration over the striker’s ongoing fitness problems.

“I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it because I am not involved with this,” Guardiola told a pre-match press conference.

“If I should be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24! What I want is for Sergio to be fit, what I want is Sergio to come back again, be ready as much as possible.

“We miss him a lot. What he has done for this club is outstanding, he will be a legend of this club, we want to enjoy him before but it depends on his physicality and his physical condition.”

After their latest European outing, City will start preparing for a must-win encounter away at Sheffield United on Saturday.

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