Manchester City latest: Aguero’s father on Barca rumours; Hart fit to play

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Sergio Aguero’s father has dismissed suggestions the Manchester City striker could be on his way to Barcelona.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Leonel del Castillo is reported to have said, “I would like to see Sergio and Messi playing together, but there is nothing at all.”

He also looked ahead to the upcoming Champions League last-16 tie between the two sides.

All Barca’s players are very good,” he said, “but they must be careful with City’s players, who are also really good.”

Speaking of Aguero, Goal reports that the striker should be available again next month.

The Argentine has been out with a calf injury, but Manuel Pellegrini told reporters, “I suppose that in January he will be okay.”

In truth the Blues have been doing fine without him, but I guess you can never have enough top quality strikers.

And finally, Sky Sports reports that Joe Hart should be fit to play against Swansea City on New Year’s Day.

The England stopper suffered a bad wound below his left eye in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, but Pellegrini sees no reason for him not to play.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, the Chilean said, “Joe Hart has a cut beneath his eye but it’s not dangerous and he can play without risk.”

After his temporary absence from first-team affairs, Hart has returned with a bang and his boss will be reluctant to be without him if not absolutely necessary.

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