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Rio Ferdinand has dismissed claims about the game time of reported Leeds United target, Sergio Aguero, at Manchester City.

The Premier League legend told his official YouTube channel that Aguero isn’t playing as much for Man City because Pep Guardiola favours ‘control’ over ‘potency’.

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Aguero is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer when his contract expires, with Leeds being one of the teams keen on his services, as reported by EuroSport.

It would be some move if Leeds could pull off his signature this summer because they would have a Premier League great on their hands and a player edging towards 200 goals in England’s top-flight.

“His contract (is due to finish) and Man City are winning, so why is he going to play,” asked Ferdinand.

“The mad thing is I interviewed Pep earlier on in the season and one of the key takeouts from that interview was that he wanted to gain control of the football matches now.

“He was upset with what the team was before. He felt they were like a basketball team. Up and down. Up and down. High tempo.

“He said ‘no, I don’t like the look of that. I want control’. That’s why the fullbacks have been inverted into midfield at the times. A false nine coming in, so they are outnumbering teams in the middle of the park by two or three sometimes.

“So, he was more interested in controlling games, and knowing he will create enough chances, over potency.”

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Well, Aguero was handed a rare start over the weekend as Man City saw past Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

And in typical Aguero fashion, he punished Palace’s defence with a brilliant first touch and then a wicked finish.

Leeds fans will, no doubt, be dreaming about Aguero working under Marcelo Bielsa’s stewardship because if they want to go to the next level then bringing him to the club would help elevate them.

It’s not just a case of what Aguero could do himself but how he could help those around him, especially someone like Patrick Bamford, who is at the top of his game.

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