Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said a decision on Sergio Aguero’s contract situation will not be made until the end of the season.
Argentine Aguero has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and Covid-19.
The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in City’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United last month but was an unused substitute in subsequent games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.
Sergio Aguero’s current contract at Manchester City is due to expire in the summer
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and Guardiola said negotiations over a new deal would have to wait until the summer.
‘We are going to talk to him (Aguero) as a human being, as a person and, of course, as a player,’ Guardiola said. ‘We will have to see what happens at the end of the season.
‘I think the club has spoken with his agent and they know the situation.’
Pep Guardiola (right) says a decision on his future will not be made until the end of the season
Newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta has earmarked Aguero as a potential arrival
However, the newly elected Barcelona president – Joan Laporta – has earmarked Aguero as a potential statement signing this summer.
The Catalans have been affected by the financial ramifications of the coronavirus – they are £1billion in debt – and would be interested in signing the 32-year-old for free if he fails to agree new terms with City.
Barca view the Argentina international as the ideal candidate for fixing the flaws in their squad and believe his relationship with compatriot Lionel Messi could swing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s own decision regarding his future with the LaLiga giants.
Meanwhile, City – who are 11 points clear of Manchester United – return to action on Wednesday when they host Southampton.