No real reason to go: Aguero

(From left) Argentina players Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta relaxing at a training session for the Copa America. While striker Aguero admits that he has tried to persuade Messi to leave Barcelona and join him at Manch
(From left) Argentina players Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta relaxing at a training session for the Copa America. While striker Aguero admits that he has tried to persuade Messi to leave Barcelona and join him at Manchester City, he says that the sharpshooter's loyalty to the Spanish champions is so strong that he has had no choice but to back off.PHOTO: REUTERS

Despite Madrid's interest, Man City star wants to help club win in Europe

LA SERENA (Chile) - The Copa America typically serves as a shop window for players keen on a move in the summer.

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is not one of them but his form at the tournament has given Spanish giants Real Madrid more reason to make him a Galactico.

The striker has two goals from two matches and could add to his haul against minnows Jamaica today.

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The only reason a player should leave a club is to achieve things and I can achieve all I want to at (Manchester) City. I can't stop rumours. I can't stop people writing things.

- Sergio Aguero, Manchester City and Argentina forward

Aguero has been linked with a return to Madrid ever since he left Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 for City.

There is fresh speculation amid the Spanish media that new Real manager Rafael Benitez is keen on signing the top scorer in the English Premier League last season.

But Aguero, who agreed a new five-year deal worth £200,000 (S$424,000) a week last August, has insisted that he wants to help City win their first Champions League title.

"The only reason a player should leave a club is to achieve things and I can achieve all I want to at City," he told the club's official website yesterday.

"I can't stop rumours. I can't stop people writing things. But what I can do is repeat what I have already said, and that is that I'm very happy at Manchester City."

The 27-year-old, who won two Premier League titles and the League Cup with City, added: "I have had success over the last four seasons there and I'm hungry for a lot more.

"Of course, the Premier League is a big priority and we want to win it back but it is a big dream to win the Champions League at City as well."

Chelsea displaced City as champions of England last season and Aguero expects the runners-up to respond by bringing in "some of the world's best players" in this transfer window.

His compatriot Lionel Messi, however, will not be one of them despite his attempts to sell the club to the Barcelona forward.

"I would have loved City to sign Leo - he is my good friend and the best in the world but his loyalty is so firm to Barcelona and you have to respect that," he said.

Still, City have been linked with numerous players, including Juventus' Paul Pogba, Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

They have also made two unsuccessful bids for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.

"Each summer, City will add some of the best players in the world to the team," said Aguero. "That is the way of the clubs who want to win titles. I'm sure that this summer will be the same."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2015, with the headline 'NO REAL REASON TO GO: AGUERO'. Print Edition | Subscribe