Manchester City striker and legend Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero is all set to leave Manchester City at the conclusion of this season.
The Argentinian confirmed the news on Instagram by sharing a post with his official statement.
“With the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world,” Aguero said.
He will be honoured with a statue at the Etihad Stadium, alongside captain Vincent Kompany and Spanish playmaker David Silva, who left the club in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The trio played leading roles in City’s first ever Premier League title, with Aguero famously scoring the injury-time winner against QPR in 2012, which clinched the club’s first ever English title in 44 years as they beat rivals Manchester United in the title race on goal difference.
Since then, the striker has helped City win three more Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups. He, however, has been unable to win the UEFA Champions League title with the club, which was his ultimate dream and this season will be his last chance to do so.
Pep Guardiola’s City are favourites to win the European trophy this season and are well on course to winning the quadruple this time around.
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“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated,” City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.
“His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football.”
Aguero’s 2020-21 season has been plagued with injuries and illness so it is no surprise that he has taken this call to leave the club. He has notched up only 3 goals this season in 14 appearances.
Kun Aguero has been linked to several of Europe’s top clubs recently.
Spanish giants Barcelona are reported to be the most likely to sign him. French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Italian clubs Juventus and Inter Milan, have also been heavily linked with the Argentinian.
“I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans,” Aguero added in a statement announcing his exit.
“Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin and I am fully ready to face them with the same passion and professionalism that I have always dedicated to continue at the highest level.”
Aguero has the best minutes-to-goal ratio in Premier League history, netting a goal every 108.3 minutes on average.
Michael Owen, former Liverpool and England striker showered praise on Aguero: “One of the Premier League’s all-time greats, Sergio Aguero set to leave Man City at the end of the season. What a player. He’s been an absolute joy to watch.”