Sergio Aguero to leave Manchester City

The striker, Aguero of 32 years contract expires at the end of the season.

The Argentine striker, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has scored 257 goals in the 384 appearances.

“With the leadership of owners and the contributions of the many players. We found a place among the world’s largest,” Aguero said.

He will be honored with a statue at Etihad Stadium. The winning captain Vincent Kompany and influential forward David Silva, who has left the club in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The trio played a crucial role in rejuvenating City Aguero. Famous for scoring the winning goals in injury time against QPR in 2012, who won his club title in 44 years.

The striker has then helped City win three more Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and five League Cups.

“We can not exaggerate Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the past decade,” said City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

“His story will be etched in the memories of everyone. Who loves the club and maybe even those who love football.”

He will start a new phase with new challenges – what about Aguero now?

Aguero has played a crucial role this season despite injury and illness. The City has competed four times in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and League Cup.

In 14 games, in which he has started nine games, Aguero has scored three goals.

However, former City defender Micah Richards – who won the title alongside Aguero in the 2011-12 season – thinks the Argentine coach still has a lot to offer.

“Unless you get Kylian Mbappe, Erling Braut Haaland, or Harry Kane, what striker will you get in his place? You’ll get him another year for him,” Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

“We don’t know the full details about it. However, he may want to leave. But if he leaves forcefully, that is another matter.”

Aguer, linked with several top European clubs in recent months. With his contract at a low level and a possible exit before being confirmed on Monday.

Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly keen to sign him. French champions Paris St-Germain and Italian players Juventus and Inter Milan are also interested.

Chelsea has monitored Aguero’s condition and was ready to leave if the Argentine coach decides to stay in Premier League.

“I will continue to give my best so that the whole season. It can be won by many titles and bring great joy to the fans,” Aguero said in a statement announcing his departure.

“After that, it will start a new phase with new challenges. And I am fully prepared to deal with it with enthusiasm and technology. That I have always committed to continuing at the highest level.”

Even last month, Aguero thought he could stay.

The news for his stay is a piece of excellent information, even though half of it expected due to Aguero’s absence.

Sergio Aguero (Source: Premier League)
Sergio Aguero (Source: Premier League)

The well-to-do striker has played just 14 games this season. However, due to the injury, even after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him at the end of the last term.

Aguero got ignored as manager Pep Guardiola chose to choose either Gabriel Jesus for nine roles or play without an orthodox striker.

Guardiola is known to be looking for a striker for next season. And has been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund, striker Erling Braut Haaland. It was clear that keeping Aguero uncertain. 

However, as recently as last month, sources close to the player have heard he could remain.

Now that the club has confirmed that it will not happen. It will be interesting to see where you end.

The former Barcelona have inquired about Aguero’s acquisition and offered close-knit issues to their finances.

It cannot be ignored that this is where the 32-year-old will end up wildly if the club succeeds in persuading Lionel Messi to stay.

Aguero is still one of the greatest in the Premier League.

Former England full-back Richards added that his former teammate was “clearly the most prolific striker ever to play in the Premier League”.

Sergio Aguero (Source: NBC Sports)
Sergio Aguero (Source: NBC Sports)

Aguero is the fourth-highest scorer in League history. With 181st place behind only Alan Shearer (260) of England who played for international players Wayne Rooney (208) and Andrew Cole (187).

However, Argentina is leading the way of goal scoring in England’s top flight since 1992.

Aguero has scored one Premier League goal this season. And he was forced to settle for a place on City’s bench in their significant games.

Earlier this month, he scored his first top goal since January 2020 in a 3-0 win over Fulham.

With Aguero’s planned departure, Richards added: “I see the challenges of what happened at the start of the season, to be honest.

“I know he had problems with his knee. But even when he was in the right position, he didn’t start. He has been on the bench for lots of games.”

Last season, his average goal-scoring return every 90.9 minutes was the second-best figure he has achieved while working for City.

One of the greats ‘all the time’. The social media reactions of Former Liverpool, Manchester City, and England striker Robbie Fowler. Who is behind Aguero’s top scorer in the Premier League: 

Twitter reacts as Manchester City announce Sergio Aguero's departure
Twitter reactions over Sergio Aguero’s departure (Source: Twitter)

“Another player deserves all the credit he will get. He will miss watching the legend in the Premier League.”

Michael Owen, another former Liverpool and England striker among the league’s top strikers: “One of the Premier League’s biggest players, Sergio Aguero, is determined to leave Man City at the end of the season. What a player he has been. He has been a great pleasure to watch.”

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