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Aguero Snr rejects talk of Barca move

December 30, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Sergio Aguero’s father has told Mundo Deportivo he would like to see his son play alongside Lionel Messi but there is “nothing at all” in rumours of a transfer to Barcelona.

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Aguero has been the leading star for Manchester City this season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and his continued excellent form has led to reports of interest from Barca.

However, the former Atletico Madrid striker was recently quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying he hoped to see Argentina teammate Messi join him at Eastlands, and Aguero’s dad, Leonel del Castillo, has played down any talk of his son moving to the Camp Nou.

Speaking after attending City’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, which his son missed through injury, he said: “I would like to see Sergio and Messi playing together, but there is nothing at all.”

Del Castillo said his son and Messi have already started joking about their upcoming Champions League last-16 clash.

City host Barca on Feb. 18 at Eastlands, with the return game at the Camp Nou on March 12, and he said: "He and Leo are always talking on the telephone, and even more since the draw.

“They are very good friends. They like to joke amongst themselves, and they are already biting at each other. Imagine what it will be like when they meet on the pitch!”

Asked for a prediction, Del Castillo said it was tough to call but he hoped City’s greater hunger for success would help them come out on top over the two legs.

“A 2-0 in the first leg and, in the return, at least a 1-0,” he said. “You really like Messi, but you want your son’s team to win. It is a pity that City and Barca are meeting already. I would like Sergio to score, if God wills it, but above all that Manchester City wins.

“All Barca’s players are very good, but they must be careful with City’s players, who are also really good. Plus they are hungry for trophies, and for such champions there is no bigger challenge than Barcelona.”

Meanwhile, Messi has himself spoken about his fitness, suggesting he will be fit to return for Barca’s first game of 2014, at home to Elche at the Camp Nou on Jan. 5.

Messi has not played since early October, and has spent the last two months back home in Argentina recovering from the string of thigh muscle issues that so affected his start to the 2013-14 season.

Speaking from Buenos Aires he told Cuatro that he was about to return to Catalonia and was fit enough to get back to full training with the rest of his teammates.

"I return to Barcelona on the first [of January] so that the following day I can begin to train again with the group, which is what I have still to do now,” Messi said. "I am happy with how everything is going. From the first day I was injured, I got to work with the club until I came to Argentina. Here I have already been out on the pitch, and for three weeks now I have been getting fit in order to start up quickly.”

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