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'Sergio Aguero Moving to Barcelona Could Convince Lionel Messi to Remain at the Club' - Pablo Zabaleta

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are international team-mates for Argentina and good friends off the pitch
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero are international team-mates for Argentina and good friends off the pitch / JAIME REINA/Getty Images
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Former Argentina and Manchester City defender, Pablo Zabaleta believes that fellow countrymen, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero could line up together in the same squad for Barcelona come next season.

Messi's future at Barcelona has come under intense speculation the whole season, with the striker yet to agree to a new deal with the club and could leave for free in the summer. Aguero too is coming to the end of his contract with City in the summer and recent reports have suggested that he could make a move to the Camp Nou and join his illustrious national team-mate in Spain.

Zabaleta played alongside Aguero and Messi during his distinguished career and can see a former City colleague joining an ex-international team-mate in Spain.

"Messi is in his last year of contract. There were elections last Sunday and a new president; all he [Joan Laporta] wants is to convince Messi to stay. One of the reasons to keep Messi is to bring Sergio to Barcelona. A few weeks ago, it was Messi to Man City because Sergio was there and it could be good for Messi to be reunited and to work with people he knows from Barcelona before," he told Forever Blue.

"It's very difficult, there's a lot of media speculation. Sometimes when people ask me about what I think about these situations, I just try to think about what could be the best option for one of them, if they make a decision."

It will be interesting to see whether the duo link up in Spain come next season or if they choose to go to completely different clubs in different leagues.

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