Manchester City round-up: Guardiola praises ‘legend’ Aguero; Bayern striker linked; De Bruyne contract talks

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped the praise on the shoulders of Sergio Aguero following his hat-trick performance at the weekend, labelling the Argentine forward a club ‘legend’.

The 29-year-old put in a three-goal display as City thrashed Watford at Vicarage Road, notching his 175th for the Blues and pushing him within touching distance of Eric Brook’s all-time record of 177.

And talking about Aguero to BBC Sport, the City boss said:

“Hopefully that [the record] will happen very soon, and we can have a big celebration.

“He’s a legend, and it’s a part of history in the club. Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves – he is amazing.”

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His treble on Saturday afternoon took his tally for the season to five Premier League goals from the same number of matches, sitting top of the league’s goal-scoring charts and averaging one every 75 minutes.

In other news, reports surfacing from The Sun early on Monday morning believe that Guardiola is currently keeping a close eye on the situation of Bayern Munich’s star forward Robert Lewandowski.

It is claimed that Manchester City sent scouts to watch the 29-year-old in action during Bayern’s dominant 4-0 victory over Mainz on Saturday afternoon, ahead of a potential shock January swoop.

Lewandowski’s previous relationship with boss Guardiola following their time together at the Bundesliga giants could prove vital in any deal, with City set to face competition from Europe’s elite.

And finally, Manchester City’s influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could be poised to sign a contract extension to commit his long-term future to the club, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Belgian international still has four years left on his current deal, which is worth £115,000-per-week, but the report understands City want to reward him further for his displays over the past year.

It is alleged that the 26-year-old could have his £6million-a-year wage doubled, such has been his lasting impression on Guardiola recently, making him one of City’s highest-paid players at present.

De Bruyne has been an integral part of Manchester City’s rampant start to the season, earning three assists in five Premier League matches so far and creating 15 chances – only second to David Silva’s 17.

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