Sancho turned down City deal


"He has to know, the family has to know, and especially the agent has to know we had a lot of confidence in him, a lot".

Pep Guardiola insists that Sergio Aguero's omission from Manchester City's starting XI at Bournemouth is not because of doubts over his quality or form. We will survive. In the end we spent money, we sold players.

Aguero will be hoping to see minutes in a crunch clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, as City play host to a fellow Premier League title hopeful at the Etihad Stadium.

"We [had an] agreement with Sancho, we shook our hands, we offered him a huge deal in terms of the salary, he would have been a well-paid in the academy", Guardiola said, as quoted on ESPN. It could happen here in a training session.

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City are interested in securing a deal for the West Brom defender and are set to return with a £30million bid before Thursday's transfer deadline after having an initial offer rejected. "All I can say is good luck because he is a huge talent". I never did. I am not going to tell you, "I assure you, you will play all the games in the season" [in order] to sign the contract. We said, "OK, you are not going to travel to the States - if you are not going to sign the contract you stay here". I know it's something special when a player who's never rotated.

The Argentina global wasn't selected as part of Guardiola's starting lineup for the last-gasp 2-1 victory over the Cherries two weeks ago, and led to gossip columns querying if Aguero's time at City was in doubt.

He looked set to be included in City's United States tour before being brought into the first-team squad on a regular basis but then chose to jump ship and join BVB. I would be a liar, it's not true'. Of course they both want to score goals and we need that; strikers are always, 'I want to score more than my team-mate.' But it is still important to have the ability to choose the right decision, as Sergio did when he was one on one with the goalkeeper. And...

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