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Manchester City legend Kun Aguero to play backup role at Barcelona

Sergio Aguero has revealed that Lionel Messi was one of the first people to congratulate him on his move to Barcelona – but the Manchester City legend does not know whether the pair will play together at Camp Nou.

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero will play a backup role at Barcelona next term.

The striker spent 11 trophy-laden years in Manchester, winning the Premier League five times and the FA Cup once.

He is fourth in the all-time Premier League goalscoring charts with 184 strikes in 275 appearances.

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Despite his incredible record, Barca have warned Aguero that he could spend a significant amount of time on the bench next season.

That’s according to Spanish outlet AS (via Daily Mail), who claim that the Argentinian has already accepted the role.

Barca are worried about Aguero’s fitness after he was limited to 12 top flight appearances in 2020/21.

He suffered with a knee injury at the start of the campaign, a hamstring problem in November and was also affected by coronavirus in January.

Boss Ronald Koeman is supposedly prioritising youngster Ansu Fati up front. The 18-year-old, who can also operate as a left winger, has a bright future after coming through the club’s famed La Masia academy.

He’s already notched 11 goals in his first 31 La Liga matches.

Koeman can also use Antoine Griezmann to spearhead his attack. The Frenchman got off to a slow start in Catalonia but managed 20 goals in all competitions last season.

Reports have already revealed the significant pay cut Aguero had to take to join the Catalan giants.

He was willing to lose out on €17m per year to play alongside friend Messi at the Nou Camp.

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