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Aguero has big future at City despite arrival of Jesus: Pep

By Andy Hampson

Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero remains central to his plans at Manchester City and could play him alongside 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus.

Aguero, who has scored 154 goals for City since joining the club in 2011, was surprisingly on the bench for Wednesday's victory at West Ham.

Exciting new signing Jesus instead led the line and impressed hugely on what was his first Premier League start, getting on the scoresheet and setting up another goal in the 4-0 win.

Aguero's long-term future under Guardiola has been the subject of speculation this season but the City manager is happy with the prolific 28-year-old.

Guardiola, whose side host Swansea in the league tomorrow, said: "I understand the debate but there is no doubt about the quality of Sergio. I can say how happy I am with what he did - except the seven games when he was banned.

"Big clubs need a lot of strikers. Sergio remains the most, or one of the most, important players in our squad. Without him it will not be possible.

"This guy (Jesus) arrives, he played good. That's why he was playing but they can play together. Gabriel can play on the left. Now I have many options up front."

Jesus has made an immediate impression since joining City last month in a £27million deal from Palmeiras.

Guardiola said: "He's 19 years old but he's settled quickly. He speaks enough English words to understand us but he's taking lessons every day. In the three games he's played he's shown a lot in terms of desire."

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