Connect with us

Premier League

Jesus Won’t Send Aguero Away, Says Pep Guardiola



The fears about possible exit of Sergio Aguero and Claudio Bravo from Manchester City have been defused by manager Pep Guardiola. The breakthrough into City’s squad by Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus who joined in January and the last month arrival of Ederson Moraes, a Brazilian goalkeeper put the positions of Aguero and Goalkeeper Bravo under threat.
Bravo was the goalkeeping hero of the Portugal versus Chile semi-final duel of the last Confederations Cup in Russia when he saved three consecutive penalty shots. At about the time Bravo was bravely performing his feat, Ederson Moraes was being signed on for a £35 million fee, making him the second most expensive goalkeeper of all-time.
But on Wednesday, manager Guardiola confirmed that both Sergio Aguero and Claudio Bravo will remain City players. At a pre-season press conference, 90min reported that the City boss insisted the pair will remain at the club.
When asked about the future of Bravo and Aguero, Guardiola said: “Claudio Bravo will be a City keeper next season. We go with Ederson, Claudio and the young players we have.
“You know my opinion about Sergio – he is our player and he will remain here,” he added.
Aguero looked to have been ousted from his long term spot as City’s leading man by the recent arrival of the 20-year-old wonder-kid, Jesus. But the injury that Gabriel Jesus sustained in February, barely a month after his arrival, left the door ajar for the Aguero to show how vital he is to City’s attacking line.
Four goals and two assists across three games following Jesus’ injury stamped his mark on the side, where his clinical touch and eye for goal led him to scoring eight goals, and providing three assists in the last eight games of the season.
Bravo, on the other hand struggled to get to grips with English football following his move from Barcelona last summer and his game time is set to be limited following the arrival of Ederson.
At 34 years old, his career is nearing its end and with the World Cup around the corner, it remains to be seen whether Bravo will be content with being second fiddle next season after a career of being the number one man.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

Continue Reading