Pep Guardiola has claimed the prospect of coming up against Sergio Aguero next season doesn't bother him and that he will be delighted for the outgoing Manchester City striker wherever he chooses to move.
City's all-time record goalscorer recently announced he wouldn't be extending his ten-year stay at the Etihad Stadium, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious spell with the club.
The prospect of signing a top marksman like Aguero has of course altered the attention of clubs all over the world, though the Argentinian is reportedly keen to remain in England as he looks to work his way up the all-time Premier League leading goalscorers chart.
He's currently the competition's fourth most prolific marksman - with 181 goal to his name - just six off Andy Cole and 27 behind second placed Wayne Rooney, though leading marksman Alan Shearer is someway off with a total of 260.
Should he stay in England he won't be short of suitors, with 90min recently revealing Leeds have joined the race to sign Aguero, while Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have also shown an interest, and Guardiola says he has no issues at the prospect of coming up against him next season.
"We wish the best for him, all of us," he told reporters in quotes carried by Sky Sports. "Find the best for Sergio for the last years in his career, for sure.
"We'll be delighted with the decision he takes, the best for him and his family and his career. My preference is his preference. His preference is my preference. The best for him is the best for us."
Aguero is enduring an injury-plagued campaign in which he's mustered just nine Premier League appearances so far.
His recent appearance in the win over Leicester marked the first time he's managed to play three consecutive games in the league this season, and while he was substituted after picking up a knock, Guardiola says he was pleased with his performance and the injury is nothing serious.
"The Leicester game was so difficult because they defend so deep and so tight," he added. "For the strikers it was not easy but he moved well and helped us. He felt something in his leg. He was substituted but he is doing better."
Guardiola added he expects the Argentinian to take a little bit of time to find his best form having recently returned from injury, though he hopes he can help the club end the campaign strongly.
"Sergio is a lovely person with specific qualities and skills," he said. "I understand him, I know him, and I understand he needs time to get in the best condition.
"Everything can happen. Everything can change quickly in a positive way or not positive way. Everyone must be ready and hopefully Sergio can be ready quick."