Author: John Mawuli Atidigah
Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, as confirmed via the club’s official website.
He joined City in the summer of 2011, making an immediate impact by scoring twice and creating an assist on his thirty-minute cameo debut in a 4-0 home win over Swansea City. It was a dramatic and impressive start that gave an indication of what was to follow,” the club said in a statement on its website.
“One renowned such moment would include his heart-stopping goal in the unforgettable final game of that same season against QPR which secured the Club’s first-ever Premier League title.”
In addition to this, he has also scored 181 Premier League goals, making him the top flight’s highest ever non-English goalscorer. He also holds the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks, netting 12.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said he would reserve any farewell speeches until Aguero actually leaves, but revealed he had commissioned a statue of the striker.
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated,” Al Mubarak said.
“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve,” he said with City in the running for their first ever European Champions League and hot favourites to win back the Premier League.
“In the meantime, 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,” the Manchester Evening News reported.
The newspaper said City were planning a farewell party for Aguero after their final game of the Premier League season against Everton May 23.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old has given an emotional goodbye on Twitter, stating “a huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole ten seasons.”
It is unclear where Aguero’s next destination will be. Barcelona have been linked with the forward for a while now, where he could reunite with international teammate Lionel Messi should he stay at the Camp Nou. Chelsea have also been named as possible takers.
Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the season, leaving him available for a free transfer.