Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he wants Sergio Aguero to stay at the club “for a long time”
The Manchester City striker has scored 11 goals this season but was surprisingly left out of the starting lineup for the Champions League clash with Barcelona.
It led to speculation that the 28-year-old could be on his way out of the Etihad, although Guardiola insisted it was a tactical decision.
The City boss insisted after their defeat in the Nou Camp that Aguero was firmly in his plans and, after confirming he could play against United at Old Trafford, Guardiola said: “I want to be clear again – I am so happy with Sergio.
“Hopefully he can stay for a long time here. I want, from deep in my heart, that he can stay here and play with us.
“He is a special player, he is a striker who scores millions of goals in his career. I know for strikers it depends on the moment, but we cannot forget how many goals he scores for us.”
Guardiola said he had not yet decided on his line-up to face Jose Mourinho for a second time this season, but did confirm he would rotate the team following injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta.