But the forward, who has proved his enduring worth to Pep Guardiola after a hard start working under the City boss, has committed to another year in England.
Cardiff City have won just one of their 14 Premier League games against the "big six" sides (W1 D1 L12), losing each of their last 10 conceding 30 goals in the process.
He said: "The players don't have to apologise".
Better news for City fans is that Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne appears to be making a good recovery from his knee ligament injury which has prevented him playing since August. "Premier League is physical".
"We can all learn - Gabriel from Sergio, and myself from the players, everyone can improve". I'm hoping to be back after the next global break.
"I understand when you take that decision - it happened in Barcelona many times - I always know the reaction [will be bad] when the result is not good, but I have to take decisions".
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"Players like him, Vincent [Kompany] and David [Silva] show their commitment to the club every day in training".
City have played something like their usual 2017-18 4-3-3 formation in the past two games, although there are likely to be changes following the midweek defeat against Lyon.
"Hopefully I can be back soon, help the team, and perform well".
City, now third in the league standings with 13 points, visit promoted Cardiff City on Saturday. "I know Liverpool and Chelsea are good, I still think this is the team that have got everything in their locker so it is a real test for you as a team and staff".