Sergio Aguero pledges future to Manchester City despite Real Madrid interest

Happy Aguero pledges future to Man City despite Real interest

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23:01 GMT, 23 March 2012

Sergio Aguero has promised Manchester
City he will not quit English football after one season and return to
Spain with Real Madrid even if Roberto Mancini's side fail to win the
Premier League title.

The Argentine has scored 24 goals since joining City for 38million from Real's neighbours Atletico Madrid last summer.

All smiles: Sergio Aguero arrives for training on Friday

All smiles: Sergio Aguero arrives for training on Friday

Bernabeu president Florentino Perez is reported to have made Aguero, 23, his top target and is willing to sacrifice his Argentina team-mate Gonzalo Higuain to fund the move.

But Aguero said: 'None of that has come from me and the City fans can rest assured I'm 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.

'From the moment I arrived everyone has treated me really well and it's down to me to repay that kindness and good feeling I've had from everyone.'

Aguero was signed to replace Carlos Tevez before his compatriot failed to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium.

The two strikers have started just one game together for City this season, but Augero equalised from the penalty spot against Chelsea in midweek and Tevez came off the bench after a six-month absence to set up a late winner.

Hot shot: Aguero has scored 28 goals this season

Hot shot: Aguero has scored 28 goals this season

As Roberto Mancini's side look to leapfrog Manchester United and return to the top of the table at Stoke on Saturday, Aguero backed Tevez to have a big say in the title race.

He said: 'Carlos is a key player because he's got five years experience of playing in the Premier League. He will bring a lot to the party for what remains of the season.

'Through what happened and the situation that came about, I've not had much chance to play with him.

'He was bursting to get out there on the field on Wednesday. I'm not Roberto Mancini but we all know he's an important player for us.

'With the nine games remaining in the season I think he can bring a lot to the side. It's an important time for him to come back.' Aguero insists the comeback win over Chelsea proved that City can handle the pressure of going head-to-head with United.

Real deal: Madrid are ready to sacrifice Gonzalo Higuain to fund Aguero move

Real deal: Madrid are ready to sacrifice Gonzalo Higuain to fund Aguero move

'The title race is all about not giving up,' he added. 'We are fighting for the title, we have confidence.

'We're the sort of team who know that if we go behind we can come back and win the game.

'(Being second) is a different type of pressure really but it's difficult to judge which is the most. The key is we are in a position now where we can't afford to drop any points.

'For sure Manchester United are quite experienced in these title chases but we have to focus on ourselves.

'We have dropped a few points here and there along the way but that's in the past.'