Pep Guardiola: 'Sergio Aguero now more involved in games'

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring during the FA Cup quarter-final between Middlesbrough and Manchester City on March 11, 2017
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Pep Guardiola hails Sergio Aguero for his increased involvement in games since returning to the Manchester City lineup following Gabriel Jesus's injury.

Pep Guardiola has praised Sergio Aguero for his impressive performances since returning to the Manchester City lineup following Gabriel Jesus's injury.

The Argentine was dropped for the young Brazilian earlier in the season, but was drafted back into the first team after the 20-year-old picked up a metatarsal injury.

Aguero remains linked with a departure from the Etihad Stadium, with questions hanging over his first-team future at the club once Jesus makes his return.

However, Guardiola was eager to pay tribute to the 28-year-old, telling Sky Sports News: "I have said many times he is now involved [more] in the game. My feeling before was he was just waiting to score a goal because he has this quality.

"But now he is involved in the game. Not just in the defensive part where he has helped us a lot and has done all he can do but also in our process to create the chances, so no complaints about what he has done since the injury to Gabriel.

"[His attitude] was always good, from the beginning - I said that many times. We had no complaints. He is just now maybe understanding better what we are looking for but he is trying and that is what I want. After that, if he misses chances or misses other things, always you can improve but I have no complaints."

Aguero has scored 164 goals for Man City since his switch from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Pep Guardiola watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley on January 2, 2017
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