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Sergio Aguero: I hope to play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona

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The striker thinks the captain is staying

FC Barcelona Sign Sergio Aguero Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Sergio Aguero was unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday at the Camp Nou and admitted in his press conference he’s hoping to line up alongside his good friend Lionel Messi next season.

Messi’s future remains uncertain, with the captain out of contract next month and yet to extend, but Aguero is optimistic the captain will stick around and extend his stay at the Camp Nou.

“Of course I hope to play with Messi. What happens with Leo is a decision that he and the club will make. It is a pride to play with him. I’ve played with him in the national team. If he stays here, which I think he will, we will try to give our best for the club.

“I’ve spoken with Messi, I speak with him every day. But I can’t tell you what we talk about. The last message was that he congratulated me, but we continued to talk about other things, which I can’t share.”

President Joan Laporta was also asked if Aguero had been brought in to make Messi happy and offered the following answer.

“The signing of ‘Kun’ Agüero is because he is a desired player and an exceptional player. Because of his quality and the way he plays in our system, he will go well,” he said.

“The signing of ‘Kun’ Agüero is for ‘Kun’ Agüero, because we want a very competitive team. It is the first of a series of signings that you will get to know. Naturally, we want Messi to continue.”

Laporta said on Friday that things were progressing well with Messi’s contract extension but that it is not done yet. Meanwhile, Aguero is now set to link up with Messi again as he joins up with the Argentina squad.