Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn on growing speculation regarding the fates of City’s strikers Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City hope seal Champions League spot when they face Watford on Sunday
According to reports, the Telegraph proposed Aguero will look for confirmations over his future after a season where the Argentine international struggled to score 31 goals but observed his status as Etihad main striker gone under threat since the arrival of Brazilian young Prospect Gabriel Jesus.
Aguero’s astonishing performances City’s 3-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday night, where he didn’t secure a goal but was intensely involved in every of Manchester City goals.
However, Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho who made a noteworthy first-team breakthrough last season under former City Boss Manuel Pellegrini, but the 20-year-old has been a regular bench warmer under Guardiola since Jesus’ arrival from Palmeiras in January.
Everton and BVB are eyeing a potential move for Iheanacho, while West Ham is seriously tabling a £20million bid for the Super Eagles star, but Guardiola is refusing to give any update on the striker’s future. As his focus is Sunday’s trip to Vicarage Road, where a win is a must to seal a champions league spot.
“I spoke three days ago about the future, so I am not going to speak about the future,” the former Barcelona boss told a news conference when quizzed about Iheanacho and Aguero.
“I know the question is going to come but forget about it. “The day after tomorrow we have a real final and the players have to be focused on that.”
Only defeat, a victory for Liverpool and Arsenal and a five-goal swing in favour of Arsene Wenger’s men can deny City a spot in the top four but Guardiola is taking nothing for granted on the back of three consecutive home wins.
“It’s a crucial game, a final for us. It’s in our hands. Just look what we have to do, we have to travel to London to win the game,” he added.
“Every game there is pressure, every game we play for everything. It does not depend on Arsenal or Liverpool, it depends on us.
“We have had a good period. We have won three games in a row but we still have 95, 96 minutes to fight.
“Watford have had a good season. They are safe. We have to be careful.”