Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has cast doubt over his future after he was left out of the starting line-up for this week’s Premier League wins over West Ham United and Swansea City.

The arrival of Brazilian wonder-kid, Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras – who has scored three goals in his first two Premier League outings for City ¬– has seen Aguero relegated to the bench.

However, sources from the Etihad have disclosed that despite Aguero’s claim of being left in the dark about his future, they are intent on keeping him at the club. It was made clear that the signing of Jesus was not to replace the Argentina striker, but to provide some much-needed competition for his place after being unchallenged in recent seasons.

Aguero, 28, has been the Citizen’s top striker since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for 38m. Having seen off the likes of Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli with them not really able to contest him for his position, he has led City to two Premier League titles and scored 154 goals as City’s third all-time scorer.

Pep Guardiola has left Aguero out on five occasions this season amid suggestions there its tension between the duo. But Pep has explicitly spoken about his plans for the striker. A city source said: “There is no vagueness about our position. We want Sergio to stay. Pep has repeatedly said he is an important player for us, no one here wants him to leave.”

Aguero extended his contract earlier this season, tying him to City until the summer of 2020, but the player might be forced to make a move if he is not a regular starter between now and the end of the season.

Real Madrid have long indicated interest in taking Aguero back to Spain, While Paris Saint Germain are also said to be keen on having the striker in their squad should their plan to capture their number one summer target, Alexis Sanchez fails to materialize.