Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s future has “never been in doubt”, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says.
The Argentine, 28, lost his place in February to Gabriel Jesus, leading to speculation he might leave this summer.
“I’ve read a lot of the speculation on this and it’s ridiculous,” Al Mubarak said. “He is one of the best players in the world. He is an absolute must.”
Aguero scored 33 goals in 45 games this season and is contracted until 2020. He said in March he did not want to leave.
In a wide-ranging interview, Al Mubarak also told the City website:
Manager Pep Guardiola’s debut season ended with Manchester City finishing third in the Premier League and sealing a place in next season’s Champions League.
But the 46-year-old, who succeeded Manuel Pellegrini last summer after success-packed spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, could not help his side challenge for the title and they faced a tense battle to even finish in the top four.
Despite ending the season without a trophy, Chairman Al Mubarak said their season was “not a disappointment”.
“We are team now that expects to win every year at least one trophy and go further every year in the Champions League,” he said.
“But, if you look at it from a different lens, we are truly going in a direction that is positive.
“Pep has introduced a new way of playing for us, an exciting way but a way that requires work and which requires a set of players that I think function within that system.
“Probably, if I look back at this season that puzzle wasn’t complete and I hope this summer we support Pep in completing that puzzle.”