Sergio Aguero has reaffirmed his desire to one day rejoin Independiente but first wants to win the Champions League with Manchester City.
Aguero, who is contracted at City until 2019, was last week reported as telling an Argentinian radio station he intends to return to boyhood club Independiente when his current deal ends.
The 27-year-old has not denied that but first wants to help City go all the way in Europe’s top club competition having helped them into the quarter-finals for the first time at the expense of Dynamo Kiev.
Aguero, who has scored 128 goals for the Blues since a £38million move in 2011, said: “You are born in one club as a kid, and you always want to return to where you started. I have always said it, I will go back.
“But right now I am thinking about winning the Champions League with Manchester City. We will see what happens in the future.”
City will now await Friday’s draw for the last eight knowing they could face a daunting tie against holders Barcelona – assuming the Spaniards complete victory over Arsenal on Wednesday – or Bayern, the club currently managed by City’s next boss, Pep Guardiola.
Aguero said: “You always want to go far, and to do that you have to face the best.
“Obviously Barca and Bayern are there, who are the two best by form and obviously if we can avoid them all the better.
“But at some point we will have to face them. It’s difficult but I’m happy. We are all here for this, to fight at the top and we are happy to get through.”
Being paired with Bayern would be intriguing given that Guardiola is to take over at City in the summer, but Aguero is unwilling to speak too much about his next manager.
He said: “I don’t know him. Let’s finish the season first in the best way possible.”
It was reported Aguero had recently contacted his Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, to ask about former Nou Camp chief Guardiola, but the striker says that is not the case.
“No, no,” he said. “We only chatted beforehand, before it was announced. Obviously for Leo he was a great coach, he won a lot of trophies and we hope he does well.”