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Kompany must fight for place: Guardiola

By Mark Ogden

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany he cannot expect an automatic return to the team following his recovery from summer surgery.

Kompany, 30, is close to a return after undergoing an operation on his groin and thigh following an injury sustained during the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid in May.

The Belgian centre-half will not figure in today's Premier League encounter with Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium, but could be handed a chance to impress Guardiola during the League Cup tie against Swansea City in midweek.

"For me, when he (Kompany) is ready - how difficult is it (to leave him out)? Absolutely nothing," Guardiola said. "They have to compete with each other and we'll see on the pitch what is best for that game.

"This is the best way to arrive in April or May with a chance to fight to win the titles. We need the players competing with each other."

Guardiola also confirmed that Sergio Aguero is set to sign a one-year extension.

He said: "I don't know if I am the right person to talk about that but I think he is going to extend the contract."

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