Pep Guardiola praises Sergio Aguero, who is about to match Wayne Rooney’s record

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‘I’m totally in love with him’: Pep Guardiola praises Man City legend Sergio Aguero … who is about to match Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 Premier League goals for one club

  • Sergio Agüero is within reach of the illustrious Premier League record
  • He’s one goal away from matching Wayne Rooney’s 183 strokes to one club
  • Aguero scored the opener for Man City against Crystal Palace on Saturday
  • City boss Pep Guardiola praised the departing Argentine striker

Sergio Agüero is one goal away from tying Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 Premier League strikes for one club.

Agüero’s opener at Crystal Palace on Saturday put Manchester City within reach of a third league crown in four years.

The 32-year-old will be leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer, but seems likely to be leaving Rooney’s numbers for Manchester United.

Sergio Agüero scored Manchester City’s opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday

“How many times has he done it?” manager Pep Guardiola asked. What a goal, what a player and what a man. I am completely in love with him. He is an absolute top legend, an extraordinary player.

‘People can’t believe it, but we missed him. We haven’t been able to use it often, but maybe we got it back at the right time. He knows that he has a special quality. ‘

Frustrated by a lack of playing time in his farewell campaign for City – this was only his fourth start since October – but plans to go out with a bang. The Argentinian, who is drawing interest from Barcelona over a free transfer, is likely to face a string of league games now that City has effectively sealed the title.

He needs two goals to beat Wayne Rooney's record of 183 Premier League goals for a club

He needs two goals to beat Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 Premier League goals for a club

“I was finally able to play, I am so happy,” said the club’s all-time top scorer in a rare television interview. All I needed in the box was a touch or two. Finally I got the goal. I am so happy with that. Maybe we can win the Premier League. ‘

Guardiola added: ‘The goal against QPR in 2012 – 93 minutes and 20 seconds – is the history of this club. Even if we win the Champions League, nothing compares to that moment.

‘Here too it was 0-0 and his control, the action – he has shown again what he is. I am incredibly happy that he is back. He was injured for a long time. He is another weapon we have. And he is the most humble person – it is not easy to find. ‘

Pep Guardiola was again full of praise for the outgoing City striker after the Palace win

Pep Guardiola was again full of praise for the outgoing City striker after the Palace win

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