Scaloni: Things with Aguero are ‘perfect’ despite Argentina snub

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 30: Serigo Aguero of Argentina celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni insists things are good between himself and Sergio Aguero, despite omitting him from his latest squad for the international break.

The 30-year-old continues to be one of the most prolific forwards in European football right now on the back of scoring 25 goals in 34 games for Manchester City this season.

However, reports have surfaced suggesting that Aguero had been involved in a heated exchange with new manager Scaloni.

Incidentally, the 40-year-old has continued to leave out Aguero from his international squads ever since he took charge of Argentina at the end of their disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign.

But Scaloni insists that his reasons behind leaving Aguero out were for nothing more than giving some of the younger players a shot in the team, despite recalling Lionel Messi to the set-up for the first time since last June.

“I want to clarify that my relationship with him is perfect,” said Scaloni, according to AS.

“I have heard and read that I had an argument, and it is absolutely false. I want to emphasise that there are no problems and the relationship is the same, he is an extraordinary boy.

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Mauro Emanuel Icardi and Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale look on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

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The Inter Milan manager was expecting both players to be called for the national team after delivering good performances in the Serie A.

“I talked to him in August when we just spoke about his situation. Football-wise he is on an incredible level, but I have to call players who have not put on the shirt.

“We think it can be good to look at more players and not always stick with them.”

Since debuting in a friendly against Brazil in February 2006, Aguero has registered 39 goals and 13 assists in 90 appearances for Argentina.

La Albiceleste will take on Venezuela on March 23 and Morocco three days later during this month’s international break.


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