Pep Guardiola says on a “human” level he would like to keep Sergio Aguero beyond the end of the season but admits the last few months of the campaign will decide whether Manchester City’s record goal-scorer is offered a contract extension.
Aguero, who has scored 256 goals for City since joining the club in 2011, has made three Premier League starts this season, with injuries and a recent bout of coronavirus having limited his participation.
The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season but is understood to be open to staying at the Etihad despite his failure to secure game time since returning to fitness in February.
Guardiola, who could give Aguero a rare start against Southampton on Wednesday, insists if the decision was purely based on the Argentine’s character, there would be no hesitation in offering a new deal.
“For the human being, as a person, as what is, even as a player, of course,” Guardiola said.
“But we have to see what happens at the end of the season. We cannot forget how long he was out. Now we start to get him better. I know he needs minutes to get to his best condition but we are not maybe in the moment that you can give minutes [for the sake of giving] minutes.
“So we are going to speak, I think the club will speak with his agent and know the situation, and we are going to talk at the end of the season, like with Fernandinho, for example, it’s the same situation.”