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Sidelined Aguero pledges to fight for his future at City

Man City 2 Swansea City 1

By Andy Hampson

Sergio Aguero has vowed to work hard over the remainder of the season to prove beyond doubt his future lies at Manchester City.

City's top scorer has been among the substitutes for the last two Premier League games while impressive new signing Gabriel Jesus, who struck both goals in Sunday's 2-1 defeat of Swansea, has led the line.

That has sparked fresh speculation that Aguero could leave but the player himself, who has scored 154 goals since joining City in 2011, is determined to stay and fight for his place.

City are also adamant the 28-year-old will not be leaving in the summer. A senior club source said City have no intention of letting the Argentina striker, who is contracted until 2020, go.

Speaking after the Swansea game, Aguero said: "Sometimes this happens. When you're on the bench you have to wait for your opportunity.

"I have three months to do my best and try to help the team and we'll see what happens with my future."

Asked if he had thought about leaving, Aguero said: "No, no. I have to help the team as much as I can in these three months. Afterwards we'll see what the club wants to do with me."

For now, however, Aguero might have to wait for his opportunity after another highly effective display by 19-year-old Jesus.

The £27m signing from Palmeiras opened the scoring for City in a dominant first half display by the hosts at Etihad Stadium before netting a stoppage-time winner after Gylfi Sigurdsson bagged an unexpected equaliser.

Guardiola admits he has been surprised by how quickly Jesus has adapted to life in England.

He said: "For the last two to three years he never had a break, he played a lot of games in Brazil. I said, 'Take your time, come back when you are ready'.

"But he is 19 years old, Brazilian, physically strong, he needs few training sessions to be ready. He told me, 'I am never tired, I am always fit'. His father and mother gave him this talent.

"Now we have to protect him but everybody is a bit surprised by his level."

Guardiola said there was no issue with Aguero.

Asked what the striker's reaction to being named on the bench was, Guardiola said: "It is perfect, - but he wants to play."

City's win lifted them to third in the table.

Man City: Cababllero, Fernandinho, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling (Aguero, 83 mins), De Bruyne (Zabaleta, 78 mins), Silva (Fernando, 90 mins), Sane, Jesus. Unused subs: Bravo, Kompany, Navas, Delph.

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Routledge (Narsingh, 65 mins), Fer, Cork, Carroll (Dyer, 75 mins), Sigurdsson, Llorente (Baston, 83 mins). Unused subs: Nordfeldt, Amat, Britton, Baston, Kingsley.

Referee: Mike Dean

Man of the match: Gabriel Jesus

Match rating: 7/10

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