New Barcelona signing Sergio Aguero is confident his ‘good friend’ Lionel Messi will stay at the Nou Camp next season.
Aguero, 32, is set to leave Manchester City at the end of next month and has agreed a two-year contract at La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Argentine striker spent a decade at Man City, scoring 260 goals in 390 appearances to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Aguero will hope to enjoy more success at Barcelona alongside his international teammate Messi, although the all-time great continues to be linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.
Messi, 33, was close to leaving Barcelona last summer and is yet to sign a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire at the end of June.
‘Of course I hope to play with Lionel,’ Aguero said after being unveiled by Barcelona on Monday evening. ‘I know him so well, we’re good friends.
‘What happens with Leo is a decision that he and the club will make. It is a pride to play with him. I’ve played with him in the national team.
If he stays here, which I think he will, we will try to give our best for the club. I’ve spoken with Messi, I speak with him every day.
‘But I can’t tell you what we talk about. The last message was that he congratulated me, but we continued to talk about other things, which I can’t share.’
Aguero also said he has wanted to play for Barcelona since he was a child and did not hesitate to accept their offer.
He added: ‘I am very happy, I will try to do my best for the club, help the team win important things. It is an immense joy.
‘For me, Barca has always been the best team in the world and Leo [Messi] is also there.
‘I told [president Joan] Laporta before that as a boy I said: “One day they will surely notice me.” And here I am. I didn’t imagine it, but anyone runs to sign for Barca.
‘When Barcelona asked about me, I didn’t even hesitate. I told my agent that I didn’t want him to talk to another team, only Barca.
‘It was an immense joy when they contacted my agent. I’ve been interested since I was 14 years old.’