Zabaleta backs Aguero, says striker used to fighting for spot in team

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero reacts as he sits on the bench during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester north west England
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08 February, 2017

Aguero signed a contract extension last January and has three years left on it.

But Pep Guardiola has left him out of City's starting line-up in recent weeks in favour of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus.

"You don't know what happens to Costa come the end of the season and he almost went in the window".

"In these [next] three months I have to help the club and then they will decide if I have a place here or not".

For now, however, Aguero might have to wait for his opportunity after another highly effective by 19-year-old Jesus.

He said: "No, no, I don't want to leave".

The in-form Gabriel Jesus had the final say for Manchester City to steal all three points despite Swansea grabbing a late goal themselves at the Etihad.

There is now a genuine belief that City have put together a group of talented youngsters who could play a key role in the Club's future.

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"Of course, yeah", the former Barcelona boss said, when asked by Sky Sports whether the teenager would retain his place in the team. But at the end of the day, Manchester City knows that Sergio Aguero is the person to lead the team to trophies right now.

Jesus' impact at City was expected by many, and Aguero's long-term injury record has made him vulnerable in Guardiola's plans. He is going to play a lot of games with Gabriel and without Gabriel.

"When you see [Kevin] De Bruyne, [David] Silva, Jesus, Sane, and Raheem playing well, you realise we have a great squad with some young players".

"We have seen how stubborn Guardiola can be if Aguero doesn't meet his criteria to the letter".

The Swans had won three of their past four Premier League outings before their trip to the Etihad Stadium and looked like gaining another valuable point before Gabriel Jesus's stoppage-time victor.

"We deserved to win".

"Ultimately there is an error defensively (from Swansea when the goal went in) but it I don't think it should have got to that point".


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