Manchester City have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. The Argentine is strongly linked to a possible move to a multitude of European giants.
“Manchester City will bid farewell to legendary striker Sergio Aguero when his contract expires this summer,” the club said in a statement on Monday.
“Appreciated by City fans and a global icon of the game, Aguero is one of the most decorated and respected footballers to wear the sky blue shirt.”
The 32-year-old Argentine star is leaving the club as the all-time top scorer and the best overseas Premier League player.
In total, the city star has scored a remarkable 257 goals in 384 games in all previous competitions and brought the team four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cup triumphs.
Despite a recent campaign due to injury, Aguero will still have a chance to improve on that performance this season as Pep Guardiola’s team remains on the hunt on four fronts.
“He joined City in the summer of 2011 and made an immediate impression by scoring twice and assisting in his 30-minute cameo debut in a 4-0 home win over Swansea City. It was a dramatic and impressive start to one Hinted of what should follow, “added the club in its message.
“A well-known moment like this would be his stunning goal in the unforgettable final of the same season against QPR that secured the club’s first Premier League title.”
“He is widely recognized as one of the greatest players of the Premier League era and is the deadliest goalscorer in the competition by the number of goals scored per minute played.”
“Indeed, he is the highest scoring overseas player in Premier League history. In January 2020, he overtook Alan Shearer to set the record for most Premier League hat tricks after playing his 12th away game at Aston Villa registered. “
“The city’s chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, announced that a statue of the city’s striker has been commissioned to stand alongside the people currently in the works to honor Sergio’s former teammates David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
“His legend will continue to be marked by the installation of a special and permanent mosaic in the City Football Academy.”
Aguero added his own message on social media, speaking of his “satisfaction and pride” with the success he had with the Manchester club, but also expressing his excitement for what lies ahead .
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, is unlikely to miss out on his next move.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain, headed by Argentinian compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, are reportedly interested, while La Liga titans Barcelona are also said to be a possible option.
Italian champions Juventus have also reportedly appeared as a candidate to grab the star when they leave City.