Aguero happy to stay with City

Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero has reiterated his commitment to the club following fresh speculation over his future.

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Manchester City's top scorer Sergio Aguero has reiterated his commitment to the club following fresh speculation over his future.

The Argentinian spoke only recently about his love for life at the Etihad Stadium but rumours linking him with Spanish giants Real Madrid still resurfaced.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 26 goals since his club record £38million move from Atletico Madrid last summer, insists he will not be leaving and reports to the contrary are merely attempts to unsettle him.

When asked if there was any truth in the rumours, Aguero said: "No no, all of that, no.

"The truth is that I am happy here, happy with my fellow players and the rest of the staff.

"The only thing I have to do is enjoy playing football.

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"I hardly ever do interviews. Sometimes I have to get in touch to deny or correct the claims but I can't dispel every claim that is written about me.

"I repeat that I am very happy here and they invent things to try to compromise me."

Aguero struck twice as City returned to form and cut Manchester United's lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points with a 4-0 defeat of West Brom on Wednesday.

Manager Roberto Mancini felt his performance underlined just how damaging his recent two-game absence was.

Aguero was missing as the team were held to costly draws by Stoke and Sunderland because of a foot injury that was exacerbated by a treatment spray.

Mancini said: "I have always said he is our best striker and I was really upset to lose him for two games. That was like United losing (Wayne) Rooney."

Aguero also set up another on Wednesday for countryman Carlos Tevez, who scored for the first time in 11 months while making his first start since September.

The pair had started together for City only once before and have rarely been paired for their national team, but Aguero feels the partnership has promise.

He said: "Yes, obviously Carlos is a great player, like Edin (Dzeko) and Mario (Balotelli), and fortunately we know each other from (playing with) Argentina.

"He knows how I move and play and I know his game so we hope to be able to keep getting to know each other better and I'm happy for his first game."

City's other headline-grabbing striker, Mario Balotelli, missed the game as he began a three-match ban for his sending off against Arsenal on Sunday.

Mancini had said he would "probably" sell the 21-year-old after that latest in a long line of misdemeanours but Balotelli has since apologised and tensions seem to have eased.

His agent Mino Raiola said on Thursday on Sky Italia: "There was a tense time between them but now all is calm."

He added: "Manchester City have no intention of selling him, on the contrary, they want to grow together."

Mancini said: "I accepted his apology - it is normal [now]. Everyone can make mistakes."



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