And so, after about 10 years, 384 appearances, 257 goals, 4 premier league titles, an FA Cup, and five League Cups, Manchester City’s ‘Chief Tormentor of Defences,’ Sergio Kun Aguero, is set to depart the club at the end of the season.
The Argentine striker who is City’s record scorer, was signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and will be honoured with a statue at the Etihad Stadium, which will stand alongside those of his former team-mates and fellow City legends, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
SkySports reports that the decision for the 4-time premier league winner to leave followed cordial discussions between the player and the club, with Aguero having only made 14 appearances for City this season due to issues with health and injuries.
City manager Pep Guardiola spoke with Aguero, 32, in person on Monday before the announcement was made, while chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak called the striker to inform him of plans for the statute.
In a statement, Aguero said: “When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise.
“A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole ten seasons – unusual for a professional player this day and age.
“Ten seasons with major achievements, throughout which I was able to become the top historic goalscorer and forging an indestructible bond with all those who love this club – people who will always be in my heart.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
“I was to join during the reconstruction era of 2011, and with the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world.
“The task to maintain this well-deserved privileged position will remain on others.
“As for myself, 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. 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 competing at the highest level.”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent (Kompany) and David (Silva).
“We look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”
City Fans will never forget the pandemonium that erupted inside the Etihad Stadium on the afternoon of May 13 2012, whenAguero stole the title away from Manchester United with an injury time goal against QPR that will never be forgotten. Farewell to The Finest Player to Ever Do It At City!