Pep Guardiola has said Sergio Aguero can stay at Man City but it depends on two things.
The 31-year-old is City’s record goalscorer with 244 since joining the club in 2011, but his contract expires at the end of next season and he has not indicated if he will stay beyond then.
Aguero has previously spoken of his desire to end his career back in his native Argentina.
Guardiola said: “I don’t know. He can stay but it depends on his physical condition and desire. I haven’t spoken with him and I don’t know his intentions.
“Like with Vinny [Kompany], who wanted to be here and then went to Belgium, like David Silva – sometimes you have to take a decision – but in most of the cases the players decide.
“I would like Sergio to decide whether he wants more or it is over.”
Aguero has scored more than 20 Premier League goals in the last five seasons and remains one of the best strikers in the league.
Guardiola admits finding someone to fill the void left by the Argentine when he does eventually leave will be hard.
The Man City boss said: “It will be one of the toughest [tasks]. Sergio is irreplaceable.
“We have another incredible striker in Gabriel [Jesus] and maybe another one will come when Sergio leaves, but he is irreplaceable.
“Sooner or later it will happen, he’ll decide when [he leaves]. I’m sure the club will be ready to try to find the guy to replace him but of course it will not be easy.”
Aguero has helped City win nine trophies, including four Premier League titles.
He will always be remembered for his dramatic injury-time winner against QPR which clinched the title in the final game of the season in 2012.
Guardiola said: “The most important moment of this club – more important than when this club, hopefully, wins the Champions League – is when Sergio scored that goal against QPR.
“That moment is much better than four titles in one season or whatever and he was the guy.”
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Aguero is again likely to be on the bench as City travel to Wolves on Friday night.
As prolific as the striker is, Guardiola recognises he often takes time to get back up to full speed after a lay-off.
Guardiola said: “Now he is still not ready for 90 minutes. When Raheem Sterling is injured he doesn’t need any time to get fit, or maybe half a day.
“Sergio needs a little bit longer for his physical condition. That is the reality. We will give him as many minutes as possible because we need him for the next few months, and the Champions League, as we need all the players.”