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Pellegrini confident Aguero will stay

ESPN staff
December 1, 2013
Pellegrini praises City display

Manuel Pellegrini believes Sergio Aguero wants to stay at Manchester City, despite reports that Real Madrid want to make the striker their next galactico.

City manager Pellegrini professed himself unworried by reports that Real are lining up a £48 million bid for Aguero, who used to play for their local rivals Atletico Madrid.

One newspaper claimed Real president Florentino Perez had held talks with City owner Sheikh Mansour about a deal for the 25-year-old next summer.

But Pellegrini said: "I don't know anything about that. I don't think Sergio wants to leave. That is not a problem for us. I don't believe in that."

Aguero, who joined City in 2011, is their 16-goal top scorer this season but did not find the net in Sunday's 3-0 win over Swansea.

The victory took City up to third place in the Premier League, six points behind Arsenal, and Pellegrini challenged his side to overhaul the leaders - or at least close the gap on them - in December.

He said: "I would like to arrive at the New Year in first place but, if that is not possible, no more than three points from the No. 1 position."

Pellegrini hopes City captain Vincent Kompany, who has been out for two months with a thigh problem, will be able to return for the midweek away game against West Bromwich Albion.

He added: "He has worked normally the last three days with the whole squad. Maybe he will be fit on Wednesday."

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