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Barcelona boss denies Sergio Aguero retirement claims

Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona head coach Xavi has poured water on claims that Sergio Aguero will announce his retirement from football next week following his cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis.

Aguero was forced to leave the pitch in Barça’s 1-1 draw with Deportivo Alaves with chest pains and was initially advised by doctors to rest for the next three months.

Spanish journalist Gerard Romero reported on Saturday – just prior to Barcelona’s 1-0 win over city rivals Espanyol – that Aguero will not be able to return to action and will announce his retirement shortly.

However, Xavi denied that a decision has been taking regarding Aguero’s future yet.

“What’s come out isn’t true,” he said, via AS. “I spoke with him, he’s calm and happy. I asked him to come back when he was feeling okay.”

Xavi added: “We don’t have this information. We are in touch with him and we will follow the evolution of what he had. Hopefully, he can keep playing football. This is the information I have. I don’t know where [the reports of Aguero retiring] came from.”

Aguero has made just five appearances for the Blaugrana since arriving from Manchester City this summer. His only goal for the club came at the very end of Barça’s 2-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid in El Clasico.

The striker arrived at Camp Nou off the back of his winning first major trophy with the Argentina national side. Aguero starred alongside Lionel Messi – who he presumed was going to stay at Barcelona – as Argentina won the Copa America, beating hosts Brazil in the final.

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