Aguero: Signing Messi is complicated

Sergio Aguero would "love" to have Lionel Messi join him at Manchester City, but accepts it would be complicated persuading a club "symbol" to leave Barcelona.

Speculation about the future of Messi has been rife for several months now after the Argentinian superstar who scored a hat-trick to book his country's World Cup place on Wednesday entered the final year of his contract at Camp Nou. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed several times that Messi's renewal has already been actioned and just needs to be announced, but the clock keeps ticking and that confirmation is yet to be made. In spite of the delay, Aguero does not think that there is much hope of Messi joining him at City, even if money is not an issue for the Premier League side.

-The money isn't a problem here. But I think Messi, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, are players who are symbols of their clubs and it's difficult for them to leave. I would love to have Leo on my team, but that seems quite complicated, Aguero told TyC Sport.

Aguero is on the sidelines after breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam at the end of September, an injury which kept him out of Argentina's final two World Cup qualifiers and was expected to prevent him from playing throughout the rest of October. The 29-year-old, though, has appeared to indicate he could be in selection content for the match against Stoke City on Saturday, while he also hit back at those criticizing him for going to Amsterdam on his days off.