Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has admitted that he admires Atlético Madrid striker Sergio Agüero, but made it clear that Los Blancos are not in talks to sign the young Argentine.
Agüero has impressed onlookers with some superb displays in his second season in Spanish football with Atlético and has even started to make an impact at international level, scoring in Argentina's recent friendly win over Egypt.
A report in Friday morning's Marca suggested that Real Madrid was ready to poach Agüero from its city neighbors for next season, and Schuster admitted that the 19-year-old has made good progress this campaign.
"He needed one season to adapt to football played differently than where he was from ... the change has come from within himself and also with the help of his companions because he has a very good understanding with [Diego] Forlán," he asserted.
Schuster was invited to talk further on Agüero, and although he complied, he wanted to make it clear that the player is not an immediate transfer target for the club, despite any paper talk to the contrary.
"I am going to think carefully about what I say so that nobody is confused and thinks that we are going to try and sign him right now," he said. "He has important qualities and has a bright future. There can be no mistake about that."