Manuel Pellegrini has caused a stir by revealing who he thinks is the best player in the Premier League right now... and it's not Sergio Aguero.
The Manchester City boss has previously labelled his star striker as one of the top five players in the world, but sensationally he's claimed Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez is the Premier League's best.
Aguero has recently returned from over a month out with knee ligament injury, and in that time Sanchez has impressed Pellegrini enough to earn such high praise.
The former Barcelona forward has been the stand-out man for Arsenal this season, looking like a bargain buy even at the reported £32million the Gunners paid for his services.
On Sunday he was the inspiration behind his sides 3-0 win against Stoke, hitting his 11th and 12th Premier League goals of the season having already provided the assist for Laurent Koscielny's early opener
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After such high praise, Pellegrini will be desperate for Sanchez to have a rare off day when City host Arsenal on Sunday, while Aguero will be keen to show his boss that he's got the beating of his fellow South American.
Following Sanchez' match-winning performance at the weekend, Pellegrini told Spanish newspaper AS: "I'm happy for him because at this time he is the best player in English football.
"Every game I see him making a great effort, showing great commitment, ambition and the maturity needed to keep improving year after year."
Since arriving in north London in the summer, the Chilean international has already netted 18 goals in all competitions, and it's that goalscoring return that Pellegrini believes has catapulted him in to the upper echelons of world football.
"I always thought [he was going to be world class]. The only thing you could criticise him for before was that he didn't score enough goals. He wasn't a scorer. But he has improved this a lot in the last two campaigns," he said.
With Arsenal still having 17 league games to play and still in both the Champions League and FA Cup, the 26-year-old looks certain to beat the 21 goals he managed in all competitions in his final season in Spain.
Pellegrini's admission is a surprising one given the pre-injury form of Aguero.
Prior to being stretched off against Everton in December the Argentine was the league's top goalscorer with 14 strikers.
He'd also managed an impressive five goals in City's Champions League campaign, including a match-winning hat-trick in his sides memorable 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich.
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