Sergio Aguero has today denied rumours that he would be making a move to Real Madrid, confirming his future with Manchester City and that he is "happy" with his place in the team.
Rumours circulated that Aguero was set to be bought by Madrid for £35million in the summer after his first season in English football had concluded. However, Aguero has made it clear that this will not be the case, saying: "None of the stories about Real Madrid have come from me and the City fans can rest assured I am happy here.
"First and foremost, the major aim is to win the league title this season. Then I want to stay here for a long time after that. I'm very, very happy here. From the moment I arrived, everyone has treated me really well.
"It's down to me to repay that kindness and good feeling I've had from everyone with some performances out on the field."Aguero has scored 17 Premiership goals for the club this season, making him the third highest goalscorer in the league behind Van Persie and Rooney, and has scored 24 in total.
He spoke about his aim to reach 30 goals this season, saying: "It would be lovely to score 30, but the most important thing is the team getting the right results at the end of the day. The main thing about scoring is not setting targets for yourself but scoring the goals that win points for the team."
City now sit one point behind frontrunners Manchester United in the League table with just nine games left to play, including a crucial derby game against their fellow Mancunians on April 30 at the Etihad stadium.
Aguero spoke about the importance of having Tevez back back in the squad at such an important point of time in the league, saying: "He was really keen to play, he was bursting to get out there on the field. We all know he's an important player for us, a key player. With the nine games remaining in the season, I think he can bring a lot to the side.
"If and when selected, I think it's an important time for him to come back. He's got five years' experience of playing in the Premier League. We have a lot of good players here and he is one other player, but he will be very, very important to us because he's one in a long list of top-quality players at this club. He will bring a lot to the party for what remains of the season."
hat we have done between the three of us – myself, Mario and Edin – is to give a good account of ourselves in terms of goalscoring. We've done fairly well but it would be nice to have Carlos on board to add goals to the threesome, but it's down to the manager and hopefully he continues to pick me."
Aguero said that club were fighting for the title "with confidence" but admitted that they could now not afford to drop points at this late stage in the season, citing Manchester United's experience in title chases as one of the reasons that City must stay focused in order to come out on top.
"We have dropped a few points here and there along the way but that's in the past," he added. "We are playing well and we must carry on in that vein and concentrate on not letting more points go – that's the key to it."