Gabriel Jesus has said that he wants to permanently oust Sergio Aguero from Manchester City’s starting lineup and become their main striker going forward.
Injuries and fitness concerns have limited Aguero’s playing time so far this season, with Jesus making 15 appearances for City this campaign.
Speaking to The Sun, Jesus revealed that he’s intent on keeping the striker’s spot for himself.
“In the first season when I came, I played a lot. I came here to play, play, play,” he said. “After that year sometimes it was him and not me. I know Sergio is a legend, top scorer of club, top man, top guy. I like him as a player and a person.
“I know Sergio can score every game because of his quality and experience — and every time he plays I want him to score, obviously, so I wait and I wait.
“I want to play every game but the reality is not like that. We have a lot of players, top players. I do try to enjoy it when I am on the pitch.
“But I know Sergio is not young any more like me, and now I think my time has come. This is my time
“I just want to play football and to improve. That’s what makes me happy — that’s what I love.
If I am not playing football I don’t know what I would do.
“It’s always difficult when you don’t play but I know I won’t be in every time, and I respect the manager’s decision and respect my friend Sergio because he’s a legend of the club.
“And I definitely don’t think about being the best in the world, I just want to play and score and then the rest comes anyway.”
Gabriel Jesus,Sergio Aguero
While a rivalry may exist and Jesus’ intentions have been clearly outlined, the relationship between the pair remains friendly.
“Sergio has helped me so much, not just in the conversations we have but with his actions in training.
“When I am going to play he talks to me a lot about the game, about openings, about defenders and keepers. We have a very good relationship.”