Of all the talented players in the Manchester City squad, Pep Guardiola must be particularly excited about the prospect of coaching Sergio Aguero.
No doubt Guardiola would have signed Aguero for Barcelona and Bayern Munich if the opportunity had arisen; the Argentina international has the ability to play for any club in world football.
Aguero has revealed that he spoke with Lionel Messi about Guardiola during last summer’s Copa America in Chile, but doubted whether the revered Catalan coach could improve the world’s best player.
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"This year I haven't talked about it with Lio, but when we were playing at the Copa America he was telling me about Guardiola," Aguero told radio station, Independiente en la Uno, per Goal.
"He told me how much he had learned with him and I asked him ‘what did you learn, idiot, to kick the ball better?’”
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Messi improved tactically under Guardiola
Aguero has a point. Messi was already a phenomenon before Guardiola took the reins at the Camp Nou in 2008.
However, there’s a strong argument to suggest that Messi did improve - significantly - under Guardiola in terms of his tactical intelligence.
Then again, it was Messi who adjusted with consummate ease when asked by Guardiola to adapt to the role of a so-called ‘False 9’.
Guardiola admits Messi is world's best player
Guardiola has always made it clear that he was privileged to coach the five-time Ballon d’Or winner - even after being knocked out of the Champions League, while in charge of Bayern Munich, by the world-class 28-year-old last season.
“He is the best player of all time, I compare him with Pele,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by Sky Sports last May. “I am so happy to see this football."
Aguero: City are excited by Pep's arrival
Aguero insists that he and his teammates are fully focused on winning trophies with their current manager, Manuel Pellegrini.
However, the 27-year-old is looking forward to Guardiola arriving at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
"It's pretty crazy that four months out you already know that your manager is going to leave and you also know who his successor is, but that's how it is for us,” Aguero added.
"Hopefully we can win something so Pellegrini goes in the best way. And then we'll adapt to what Pep Guardiola wants."
Aguero wants Messi to join him at City
Aguero would love to see Messi join him at City and revealed in January that he has tried to persuade his compatriot, and old friend, to swap the sunny climes of Barcelona for rainy Manchester.
“I said to him we spend the majority of our time inside at home,” Aguero was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “We play every three days so we just eat, rest between games - so the weather is not really that important.
“So I told him that Manchester is ideal as a city because you stay at home all day, you play every three days.
“We can eat, we can meet up, drink Mate [a traditional South American drink] and play football together.”
Even though Aguero and Guardiola will be at the Etihad next season, it’s safe to assume Messi will still be a Barcelona player.
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