Manchester City confirm that Sergio Aguero will leave at the end of the season after a decade of success – with the club setting up a STATUE at the Etihad Stadium in honor of their record scorer.
- Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, the club said
- Ace will leave the club after scoring 257 goals in a decade of service
- The city revealed that Aguero will be immortalized in the Etihad with a statue forever
- Frustrated with playing time, Agüero held talks with the city’s leaders on Monday
Sergio Agüero is leaving Manchester City at the end of the season after a decade with the club.
City’s greatest ever striker has scored 257 goals in all competitions since coming over from Atletico Madrid for £ 35 million and will win a fifth Premier League title this year.
Aguero, 32, held talks with Pep Guardiola and other members of the club hierarchy Monday afternoon.
Sergio Aguero is leaving Manchester City at the end of the season after a decade with the club
City later announced that he will be leaving Etihad Stadium once his contract expires this summer.
The Argentinian is a city legend after his last-minute winner secured his first league title since 1968 on the last day of his debut season in England.
Agüero’s 181 league goals are the highest of all foreign imports and he is seven shy of eclipsing third place in Andrew Cole’s rankings.
Agüero is leaving as an all-time big city after his latest strike won them the Premier League
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak revealed that Aguero will be immortalized at the Etihad Stadium after the club commissioned a statue to mark his achievements.
Al Mubarak told Aguero by phone Monday about those plans.
The statue of Agüero will stand next to that of club greats Vincent Kompany and David Silva, who are currently under construction. The trio is seen as a symbol of the progress made over the past decade under managers Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Guardiola.
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the past 10 years cannot be overstated,” said Al Mubarak. His legend will be indelibly etched in the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even those who simply love football.
“Now is not the time for parting words and speeches. There is still much to be accomplished in the rest of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges that lie ahead. ‘
City’s greatest ever striker has scored 257 goals since coming over from Atletico Madrid for £ 35m
Until recently, Aguero was pivotal in embracing the change of direction under Pep Guardiola
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is keen to allow Aguero to transfer for free this summer, while the striker is also open to staying in England.
He had previously talked about ending his career with his youth club, Independiente in Argentina, but thinks there are still things to be done in Europe.
Aguero had adapted his game to Guardiola’s style, with a meeting between manager, player and agent at Salvi’s restaurant in the city center – revealed by Sportsmail in 2017 – seen as crucial.
Until recently, he remained an integral part of the team after embracing the change of direction the Catalan demanded.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak revealed that Aguero will be immortalized in the Etihad with a statue
Frustrated by his lack of competitive action, Aguero had held talks with the city’s leaders
STATEMENT BY AGUERO
I still have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in having played at Manchester City for ten seasons – unusual for a professional player of our time.
Ten seasons of great achievements where I was able to become the best goalscorer and forge an indestructible bond with everyone who loves this club – people who will always be in my heart.
We have earned a place among the world’s largest.
The task of maintaining this well-deserved position remains with others. I will continue to do my very best for the rest of the season to win more titles and to bring more fun to the fans.
However, this season has been difficult for Aguero. He suffered a serious knee injury in the summer, after which hamstring problems hindered his comeback.
He has been frustrated with a lack of playing time since recovering from the coronavirus in late January and feared his time in Manchester was crumbling.
The 32-year-old has only started twice since October and has not scored a league goal for over a year. His latest, in January 2020, came just days after breaking Alan Shearer’s record for Premier League hat-tricks with his 12th arrival at Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola will look for a replacement for Erling Haaland City’s main target
City hopes some supporters can be in the stadium to say goodbye to Aguero in their final game of the league game season against Everton on May 23.
City want an elite replacement for next season, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland their primary target.
Guardiola’s side is the favorite of the Norwegian’s landing.
City are still in all four competitions and will face Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Aguero has won 10 major trophies at the Etihad.