Sergio Aguero makes Lionel Messi demand before deciding on Barcelona transfer

Man City: Aguero to leave club in summer

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Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the season when his contract expires, ending his ten-year stay at the Etihad. Aguero is City’s record goalscorer, having scored a total of 257 goals in 385 appearances in all competitions.

Unsurprisingly, the 32-year-old has been linked with several top clubs, including Barcelona.

According to a report from Spanish outlet AS, Aguero is close to agreeing a two-year deal with the Catalan giants.

However, it is noted that the player will only finalise the agreement once his close friend and compatriot Lionel Messi extends his stay at the Nou Camp.

When it was announced that he would be leaving City on a free transfer last month, Aguero released a heartfelt statement on social media.

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“When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise”, Agureo wrote.

“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 the club – people who will always be in my heart.

“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.

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“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 boss Pep Guardiola also paid tribute to Aguero, labelling him “the best striker this club has ever had“.

He said: “Sergio is irreplaceable.

“I could say in terms of numbers he can be replaceable, it’s not easy when you see more than 360 games played and more than 250 goals, the amount of titles…

“So it’s the legend, the best striker this club has ever had for this century through the years, but is irreplaceable in the souls, in the hearts, in the minds of our fans, of our people, of the players that played alongside him and all the managers who worked with him.

“He’s a fantastic person, a human being, and I’m pretty sure if his mind is still aggressive like he is, he can extend his career longer and longer than maybe two or three or four or five years.”

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