Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that star striker Sergio Aguero is not guaranteed a place in his squad for the Champions League final because his selection will be "cold" and without sentiment.
Aguero is set to leave City at the end of the season, with a move to Barcelona being touted for the Argentine. When asked if Aguero could face Chelsea in the European final on 29 May, Guardiola said he will "take a decision which is the best to win".
"I would say I would be cold," he said. "I have to be. If Sergio is fit he is going to help us, that is for sure. If he is going to help us score goals he is going to play, but it's the final of the Champions League.
"He has niggles. He’s a little bit disturbed in his leg, his adductor,” Guardiola added ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Brighton. “He felt something before the Newcastle game. Today he’s still not fit. Hopefully he’ll be ready to play against Everton.”
The Spaniard also admitted that he is facing a selection dilemma for the final against Chelsea, after Kevin De Bruyne returned to full training.
“This is the toughest moment,” he said. “That is why the relationship between the players and the manager has to have a little bit of distance, because you cannot have too close a relationship when you have to make decisions that [affect their] careers.
“Sometimes I am unfair to them but it is what it is. I don’t have another solution. That is why they are lucky to find a manager who rotates a lot. Right now I am not clear on the way we are going to play and with [which players] we are going to play, so that’s why I have to take a look over these 10-11 days and after that we have to make the decision."