| 12.6°C Belfast

Aguero wants to grow at City


Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City new boy Sergio Aguero is confident further silverware lies ahead as he and his new club "grow together".

The Argentina striker signed from Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £35million, and was presented to the media at the Dublin Cup pre-season tournament. The 23-year-old will not feature in City's matches against an Airtricity XI or Inter Milan, with his debut instead scheduled for August 6th's Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley.

"I was very interested in playing here as it's a growing club and I hope that we can grow together," he said. "I think we have great players and a great team. I am playing at one of the best English teams at the moment and there are many things that can be achieved. We can win many titles and hopefully it will be a top year for us."

It seems all but certain that Aguero, the son-in-law of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, has been signed as a replacement for compatriot Carlos Tevez, who has not featured at all during the club's pre-season campaign amid ongoing speculation over his future.

Aguero was non-committal over the prospect of either teaming up with or replacing Tevez, saying: "We are good friends and play together in the national team but whatever he does is up to him, I just want to concentrate on playing here.

"If he is here, then that is great. If not, then I will adapt without him. Who is here and who is not does not matter, what is important is that I become part of the team. It is easy to adapt these days."

A move to Brazilian side Corinthians, which would have fulfilled Tevez's stated desire to be nearer his family back in his homeland, fell through and Inter have emerged as the latest suitors for the want-away frontman.

But coach Gian Piero Gasparini, also speaking in Dublin, refused to be drawn on the issue and told Sky Sports: "We are here to talk football with Manchester City on Sunday.

"There is no need to discuss what is going on in the market. We are all aware of what is going on at the moment and the media's interest but we are here to discuss what is happening on the pitch for the next matches to come.

"Of course with a great player there is always a lot of interest and that is normal. Different clubs and big clubs always talk about big players. Now the transfer window is open it doesn't matter if a player is actually playing, they will always be talked about.Until the 31st August what is important is the reality of things, and the reality is that Carlos Tevez is a Manchester City player."