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Freddie Keighley

Sergio Aguero responds to claim he will follow Lionel Messi out of Barcelona

Sergio Aguero has provided a definitive update on his Barcelona future after the club announced Lionel Messi will not be signing a new contract at Camp Nou.

Aguero, 33, moved to Barca on a free transfer from Manchester City earlier this summer in order to play alongside close friend and fellow Argentine Messi.

But the La Liga giants were unable to tie down the 34-year-old to a new contract due to La Liga regulations and confirmed he would be leaving on Thursday.

This left Aguero high and dry without his compatriot in Catalonia and reports in Spain claimed the furious Premier League icon wants out of Barcelona.

Aguero was reportedly furious about Barcelona's failure to re-sign Messi (REUTERS)

However, the Blaugrana new boy poured cold water on these claims when he was confronted by fans while leaving the club's training ground.

Aguero was quizzed on whether he would push to leave Barcelona after Messi's exit and responded: "Don’t worry, you have me all year long."

Nonetheless, he will be bitterly disappointed not to be playing alongside the six-time Ballon d'Or winner for the first time at club level in the upcoming season.

Aguero and Messi have shared a strong bond since they came through the ranks together in the Argentina youth teams. The pair won their first major international trophy this summer as Messi skippered his country to Copa America glory in Brazil.

Upon signing for Barcelona at the end of May, Aguero said: "Of course I hope to play with Lionel. I know him so well, we’re good friends.

"What happens with Leo is a decision that he and the club will make. It is a pride to play with him. I’ve played with him in the national team."

While Messi decided he wanted to stay with his boyhood club and was willing to take a 50 per cent pay cut to do so, Barcelona president Joan Laporta claimed it was impossible for the new deal to be signed.

Paris Saint-Germain were quick to make their move for the prolific forward after his Camp Nou exit was confirmed and the latest reports in France suggest they have agreed a contract with Messi.

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Aguero, alongside Barcelona veterans Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets and their partners, attended a farewell meal for Messi on Saturday night.

City's record top goalscorer also took to social media to pay a touching tribute to his friend, writing: "All the best in whatever comes my friend. And always with that smile. I love you @leomessi."

In Messi's absence, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will look to Aguero to lead his attack next season, alongside the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay.

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