Pep Guardiola says Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero must show he “deserves to continue here” before earning a new contract, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, played for just over an hour in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Arsenal in the Premier League as he returned after four months out with a knee injury.
Guardiola is convinced Aguero will be able to rediscover his usual prolific goalscoring form, but the City manager has warned the 32-year-old Argentina international his future at the club is not guaranteed.
“Sergio now has to show, like every one of us, that he deserves to continue here – keep playing well, scoring goals and winning games – and after that the club and I will decide,” Guardiola said of Aguero, who is free to speak to foreign clubs from January.
“But if he is playing in his level we don’t have any doubts that he is a player to stay until he decides because he is unique. He is important for us, our fans and everyone.
“Having Aguero on the pitch, we are better, we are safer. We missed him a lot in the important moments at the end part of last season, but now is good news for us that he is back.”