Lionel Messi may have a lot to do with the future of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.
The 32-year old’s current deal runs out at the end of the season and it is still unclear what his next move will be.
Well, according to reports, it could be dependant on Messi.
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Marca reports that Aguero is willing to talk with Barcelona about a possible move but has one condition before any potential talks go anywhere.
“Aguero is good friends with Lionel Messi and, perhaps not surprisingly, his deal-breaker would be if the No.10 doesn’t stay at the Camp Nou,” the report claims.
It follows a report earlier in the week from Spanish radio program, ‘Que t’hi Jugues’, which added that playing with Messi at Barcelona is Aguero’s dream.
“Aguero would be delighted to come and play for Barca and play alongside Messi. There has already been contact made with the Argentine,” it said.
There are some doubts lingering over Aguero’s physical condition, with the latest setback coming after he fell ill with COVID-19.
Pep Guardiola says Aguero is still not training and will “need a few weeks” before returning for Manchester City.
Aguero also missed five months with a knee injury sustained in June last year.
MOYES OPEN TO TAKING LINGARD LONG-TERM
David Moyes admitted he will consider signing Jesse Lingard on a full-time basis if he continues to impress at West Ham.
The former England winger arrived on loan from rivals Manchester United and played a starring role in his club debut against Aston Villa.
Lingard scored two goals in the 3-1 win and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously said the 28-year old is in his long-term plans, West Ham could be a more stable option moving forward.
“He is a more mature boy now and is someone who is getting to the prime of his career,” Moyes said.
“He’s at the stage where he wants to play well and he wants to be on the pitch. We’re not getting carried away but we are obviously really pleased with Jesse.
“He was always a fit young player so getting some match practice for him is important. We don’t want to put too much pressure on him but he has set himself a great standard by his performance.
“We’ve had one game. The situation here is Jesse’s going to get a good chance to look at West Ham, see what he thinks of us and whether he likes it, and we’ll get a good look at Jesse and decide what we think in five or six months’ time.”
Moyes told Sky Sports that Lingard was able to bring the best out of his new teammates in a sign of just how valuable he can be to the squad.
“His link-up play, his control… he gave us a little more confidence on the ball,” he said.
“I think he helped a lot of players around him improve as well, they were able to find him, get him on the ball.
“We also have some talented small players as well and we need them to be the creativity. I felt Jesse would give us an extra one.
“I felt we needed to keep adding to that so we had competition for places and when we need something different I have got something to call on.”
SUAREZ LAMENTS BARCA ‘DISRESPECT’ OVER EXIT
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has revealed that he still has not received answers on why Barcelona let him leave for Atletico Madrid last September.
Suarez still had one year left on his contract but was informed by Ronald Koeman that he was no longer needed.
Speaking to Spanish radio network Onda Cero, Suarez said the whole situation left him feeling “disrespected.”
“It was tough because of the way I was disrespected, but I wanted my children to see me leave the club with my head held high,” Suarez said.
“When the time came to tell my children about the move, it was very difficult. They’re older now and sensed there was going to be a change.
“When Barca told me I wasn’t in their plans it was a tough one to take.
“I wasn’t expecting it, they were tough times, especially in the way it happened. Koeman called me and told me I wasn’t in his plans.
“The decision to let me leave was something that not only (Lionel) Messi didn’t understand, but many Barcelona fans didn’t, either.
“Barca told me not to go to training, but I told them that for as long as I had a contract, I’d be going. The club didn’t give me any explanation, they just said it was up to the manager.”
Suarez also touched on being disappointed in seeing friend Messi’s contract leaked in Spanish press.
“I don’t understand how someone could be evil enough to make something as private as Leo’s contract public, considering everything Messi has done. No footballer has ever given as much to one club,” he said.