Aguero excited by Messi link-up at Barca

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Lionel Messi was one of the first people to congratulate Sergio Aguero on his move to Barcelona with the former Manchester City striker hopeful his Argentina teammate will stick around so they can forge a lethal partnership.

Aguero is a long-time friend and national teammate of Messi but this will be the first time they will be on the same team at club level.

Speculation continues to surround Messi, whose future now seems to be an annual discussion but Aguero is optimistic they will have plenty of time together at the Nou Camp.

"I talk to Leo every day and he sent me a congratulatory message. Now that I will have him every day it will be much easier," Aguero told a press conference.

"What happens with Leo will be the decision of the club but it is a pleasure and a pride to play with Leo.

"If he continues, which I think he will, I will try to give everything as he has always done."

Aguero, who turns 33 on Wednesday, has signed a two-year contract, saying there was only one club he wanted to join when he knew his decade-long record-breaking spell with City was ending.

"I didn't even hesitate. I didn't want someone else to talk to me, just Barca," he said.

"(Pep) Guardiola, when we won the Premier League, he told me 'You're going to the best team in the world'."

Hit by injuries and COVID-19 in a disrupted final season at City, Aguero said he had moved on and was looking to the future.

"Last year, due to my knee, I could not be at the maximum, and also after COVID, but later on I felt good and the knee is perfect," he said.

"Now we just have to show it here."

Somewhat tellingly, Aguero said he had not spoken to coach Ronald Koeman - whose future remains the subject of discussion.

"We told Koeman that we wanted Kun (Aguero). We wanted to close it before the Copa America," club president Joan Laporta said, denying they had signed the striker to keep Messi happy after Luis Suarez's departure last summer enraged their stay player.

"The signing of Kun is because he is exceptional.

"We want Kun at Barca, we also want Leo there, and this will be just one of the next signings that will come to this club."