SERGIO AGUERO has denied that he has a Lionel Messi-related release clause in his Barcelona contract.
The Manchester City legend, 33, moved to the Nou Camp as a free agent last summer following an iconic career in the Premier League.
The Argentine forward was believed to have signed for Barcelona as he wanted to line-up alongside his good friend and international teammate Messi.
But Messi was unable to extend his own contract with the LaLiga giants due to their financial difficulties and left for Paris Saint-Germain weeks after Aguero’s arrival.
That led to speculation Aguero was furious over his pal’s exit with some reports even claiming he was considering cancelling his contract.
However, the star insists that he had no escape clause that could allow that and he is adamant he is fully committed to his new employers.
He told RAC1: “I don’t understand why there was talk of this. When I signed, Leo had nothing signed. They were coming to an agreement,
“It was invented that there was a clause, but there was nothing.”
Aguero was then asked if he wanted to face Messi in the Champions League.
He said: “I’ve already faced Messi, but it would be very nice. Now… we know that when Leo turns on the light it’s impossible to stop him.”
Messi proved that yesterday when he scored a hat-trick for Argentina against Bolivia to surpass Pele’s South American international scoring record of 77.
Aguero signed a two-year deal with Barcelona but a calf injury has stopped him from making his debut – although he believes the club’s announcement that he would be sidelined for 10 weeks may not be as bad as first feared.
He added: “I’m fine. There’s no forecast of when I’ll be back, but I’m moving forward and maybe I can shorten some weeks of recovery.
“We have very good players. Those who have left are important, but even so Barca have plenty of players to cover it up.
“Just because we are Barca we have to fight for all the titles. I don’t think we are favourites for the Champions League, but our rivals have respect for us.”
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