Sergio Aguero has urged club teammate and international compatriot Carlos Tevez not to leave Manchester City, and instead stay with him and launch an assault on the Barclays Premier League title.
The want-away Argentine is still keen to leave the Etihad Stadium before the close of the transfer window tomorrow, but so far there has been little interest in the £50million rated striker.
In anticipation of Tevez's departure, Citizens boss Roberto Mancini opted to bring in £38million club record signing Aguero from Atletico Madrid - a player who now has his sights set on forging a partnership with Tevez both for club, and for country.
"We've spent a lot of time together and we talk about everything," said Aguero. "I know he's a bit frustrated, but as we all know, it's up to the coach to decide who plays and who doesn't.
"I'm sure we'll both have a chance here at City and with Argentina. I hope he stays and we get to play many games together, but it's up to Roberto Mancini to make that decision."
The 23-year-old has made an impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League, with three goals in as many City appearances, but admits he is still adjusting to the pace of the English game.
"I've been shocked by the pace of the Premier League," he continued. "It has been a real surprise and I have to adapt to it quickly.
"In Spain, the game is much more stop-start, and here it is the opposite. It's very fast, very pacy, but very, very exciting.
"I've been welcomed very much by my teammates and I hope I can repay that trust which everyone has put in me."