Pep Guardiola insists he did not need to convince Sergio Aguero to sign his contract extension at Manchester City.
The striker, 30, had said in March he could leave City in 2020, when his previous deal was due to expire, as he wanted to end his career at boyhood club Independiente in his native Argentina – where his family are still based.
But his new deal means City’s all-time leading goalscorer will remain at the club until just after his 33rd birthday.
“I did not need to convince him, he decided for himself. I thank him so much for trusting us,” said Guardiola at a press conference ahead of their weekend clash against Cardiff.
“Players like him, Vincent (Kompany), David (Silva), they show every day on the training pitch, on the pitch and off the pitch, their commitment to our club and I appreciate it a lot.”