Monday 11 December 2017

Sergio Aguero confirms he will leave Man City when current deal expires

Sergio Aguero turns away after scoring his second against Aston Villa
Sergio Aguero turns away after scoring his second against Aston Villa
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed that he will not extend his current contract with the club and intends to return home to Argentina when his current deal expires in the summer of 2019.

Reports emerged last month suggesting Aguero was on the brink of agreeing to a new City deal and intended to finish his career in Manchester, but he has now dismissed those claims and insists that he has not diverted from his previously stated aim to return to his first club Independiente to conclude his career.

“In the last few months a lot of things have been said about a new contract, but I didn’t pay any attention,” he told radio station Independient en la Uno. “It’s clear to me that when my contract ends, I’m going to Independiente.

“Here at the club (Man City) they are great with me, they always told me that they were open if the chance of a transfer arises. But where am I going to go in Europe?

“No, when I go, when my contract ends, I’m going to Argentina. From Manchester, straight to Avellaneda.”

Meanwhile, Aguero confirmed he had spoken to his compatriot Lionel Messi about the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola as Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement at Man City.

Messi and Guardiola enjoyed a sparkling working relationship at Barcelona, with the City striker hoping to enjoy similar success working with the Spaniard.

“This year I haven’t talked about it with Leo, but when we were playing at the Copa America he was telling me about Guardiola,” added Aguero. “Leo told me that Pep is very demanding. He told me how much he had learned with him.

“It’s pretty crazy that four months out you already know that your manager is going to leave and you also know who his successor is, but that's how it is for us.

“Hopefully we can win something so Pellegrini goes in the best way. Then we'll adapt to what Pep Guardiola wants.”

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