There have been questions raised over the striker’s future at the Etihad Stadium after Guardiola left him out of the starting XI for successive games against Everton and Barcelona in October.
Sergio Aguero has played down links with a move to Real Madrid and insists he is “very happy” at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.
He was quickly linked with a move away from the Premier League club, with Real Madrid rumoured to have an interest in bringing the Atletico Madrid ace back to the Spanish capital.
But having since restored the Argentina international to his starting line-up, Guardiola last month reasserted his faith in Aguero, calling him a “special player” who he hopes “can stay for a long time”.
And Aguero has now responded to the rumours, saying “There’s long been rumours about Real Madrid but the truth is that I’m very happy at City, especially with the arrival of Pep.”
The 28-year-old stressed he has developed a strong relationship with Guardiola since the Spaniard’s appointment over the summer, and reiterated his desire to rejoin Argentine outfit Independiente his first club side – when his City contract runs out.
On his rapport with Guardiola, Aguero said: “He’s helping me a lot to grow as a player and we speak a lot.
“After the last game with Argentina, I wasn’t in a great mood because of the defeat, because of the game, for how I played and for the penalty after he missed from the spot in a 1-0 defeat to Paraguay.
“I was down on myself. The first few days afterwards I was very down and to be honest Pep helped me quite a lot. I tried to think positively and fortunately the last few weeks my head has changed enough, I was able to help the team and pick up some points which we were finding quite hard to get.
“I’m happy for how things are currently going for me at the club.
“I’m happy at City and I hope to finish my contract and return to Independiente.”
Aguero, who joined City in 2011, is currently contracted to the Premier League club until 2019. In September, Guardiola said he thought the player would sign an extension, although no such deal has been announced.