An angry Sergio Aguero was overheard complaining about his team-mates refusing to pass to him as he left the pitch following Manchester City’s victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Already leading 2-0 from the last-16 first leg, City secured a quarter-final place with ease after Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan doubled their advantage with a pair of excellent goals in the space of six first-half minutes at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.
Aguero has struggled for regular game-time since returning from injury, making just five starts in total in the Premier League and Champions League this season, and the 32-year-old will have been disappointed to be named among the substitutes once again.
And while the veteran striker did come on to replace Bernardo Silva towards the end of last night’s second leg, he was unable to make a significant impact in his 15-minute cameo which he appeared to blame on those around him.
Riyad Mahrez was especially guilty of wasting possession with speculative shots on goal instead of feeding Aguero and the Argentine was caught moaning to City goalkeeping coach, Xabier Mancisidor, as he made his way towards the tunnel shortly after the final whistle.
‘They don’t pass me the ball!’ Aguero told Mancisidor, according to ESPN Deportes.
Aguero is in the final few months of his contract with City and looks likely to leave in the summer, after his tenth season at the Etihad.
It’s understood Barcelona are monitoring the situation and could look to sign the iconic attacker – City’s all-time top scorer with 257 goals – on a free transfer.
Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out the possibility of Aguero extending his stay but confirmed at the weekend that talks are ongoing to decide the best possible option ahead of the summer transfer window.
‘Sergio is a legend here,’ the City head coach told reporters.
‘He is a lovely person and what he has done here is incredible and we will decide what is best for both parties.’