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Sergio Aguero to leave Manchester City at end of season

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Record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, the club has announced.

The 32-year-old striker's contract expires at the end of the season and he has been told it will not be renewed.

The Argentine, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has scored 257 goals in 384 appearances for the club.

"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 by a statue at Etihad Stadium, alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva, who left the club in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Aguero has played a leading role in City's renaissance in recent years, famously scoring the injury-time winner against QPR in 2012 which clinched the club's first English title in 44 years.

Since then, he has helped City win three more Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups.

"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."

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'A new stage with new challenges will begin' – what now for Aguero?

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Aguero has played a peripheral role this season, because of injury and illness, as City chase a quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

In 14 appearances, of which he has started nine games, Aguero has scored three goals.

However, former City defender Micah Richards – who won the title alongside Aguero in the 2011-12 season – thinks the Argentine still has a lot to offer.

"Unless you get [Kylian] Mbappe, [Erling Braut] Haaland or [Harry] Kane, what striker are you going to get to replace him? You get another year out of him," Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club.

"We don't know the full details – he might want to leave. But if he is being forced out, that's another story."

Aguero has been linked to several of Europe's top clubs in recent months, with his contract running down and an exit looking likely before being confirmed on Monday.

Spanish giants Barcelona are reported to be a potential suitor, with French champions Paris St-Germain, plus Italian duo Juventus and Inter Milan, also credited with interest.

Last week, Chelsea were said to be monitoring Aguero's situation and ready to move if the Argentine decided to stay in the Premier League.

"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."

'Even a month ago, Aguero thought he could stay' – analysis

Simon Stone, BBC Sport football reporter

This is major news – even if it had been half expected given Aguero's lack of game time.

The prolific striker has made only 14 appearances this season, partly through injury but even after recovering from the knee problem that ruled him out of the end of last term, he has regularly been overlooked as manager Pep Guardiola opted to select either Gabriel Jesus in the number nine role or play without an orthodox striker altogether.

As Guardiola is known to want a striker for next season and has already been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund's prolific forward Erling Braut Haaland, it was obvious keeping Aguero was not certain, even though as recently as a month ago, sources close to the player felt it was possible he could stay.

Now the club has confirmed that will not happen, it will be fascinating to see where he ends up.

Barcelona have previously asked about Aguero's availability and given the constraints around their finances, it cannot be ruled out that is where the 32-year-old will end up, especially if the club are successful in persuading Lionel Messi to stay.

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Comment posted by StevieP, today at 20:05StevieP

20:05Farewell to a real legend AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That goal.166106

Reply posted by 6X, today at 20:226X

20:22to StevieP"Farewell to a real legend AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That goal."6X replied: Yes. Aguero could have joined one of the biggest clubs in Europe (I appreciate AM where he was were already bigger than city) but instead he turned his back on winning the CL (or even appearing in the final) so he could go to a provincial greater manchester team who had much, much less success in their 1st 112 years years than since mansour arrived in 200825115More replies (28)downM

Comment posted by M1cha5l, today at 20:07M1cha5l

20:07As a united fan – I hate this.

Such a shame that a player of his status won’t even get one last game in front of the fans.

Iconic.1165E

Reply posted by easyrider, today at 20:15easyrider

20:15to M1cha5l"As a united fan – I hate this.Such a shame that a player of his status won’t even get one last game in front of the fans.Iconic."easyrider replied: He will be given a Testimonial along with David Silva522More replies (7)downH

Comment posted by HST125, today at 20:06HST125

20:06Even as a Man United fan, I’m genuinely saddened by this.

He may not be quite as prolific in his advancing years but City still haven’t found a replacement , in my view.1015F

Reply posted by FootOfDavros, today at 20:28FootOfDavros

20:28to HST125"Even as a Man United fan, I’m genuinely saddened by this.He may not be quite as prolific in his advancing years but City still haven’t found a replacement , in my view."FootOfDavros replied: “He will be honoured by a statue at Etihad Stadium, alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva.”

That speaks volumes for the “history” of this wonderful club…

Great player but would never in a million years have turned up at pre-oil City.

Do the real City fans care though?4245More replies (16)downP

Comment posted by problem child, today at 20:05problem child

20:05Very poor from us to let him leave, hope he enjoys his new club.782G

Reply posted by Get the miles in, today at 20:09Get the miles in

20:09to problem child"Very poor from us to let him leave, hope he enjoys his new club."Get the miles in replied: Good to see a Man City player in the debate.
Top secret hairdressers today?528More replies (6)downN

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Comment posted by Navers, today at 20:11Navers

20:11This is very sad. An absolute legend to the Premier League, and one of my favourite ever strikers. That iconic goal in 2012 will never be forgotten.765A

Reply posted by Antonio, today at 20:26Antonio

20:26to Navers"This is very sad. An absolute legend to the Premier League, and one of my favourite ever strikers. That iconic goal in 2012 will never be forgotten."Antonio replied: Iconic Goal , what iconic goal ?????765More replies (8)downW

Comment posted by WIthrespect, today at 20:13WIthrespect

20:13I’m none man City fan but have loved watching this lad play for years at the top of his game.

The game against QPR will never be forgotten or the statement “Agueeeeerroooo”

All the best in whatever you do next, thanks for the memories.671C

Reply posted by Celts, today at 20:51Celts

20:51to WIthrespect"I’m none man City fan but have loved watching this lad play for years at the top of his game. The game against QPR will never be forgotten or the statement “Agueeeeerroooo”All the best in whatever you do next, thanks for the memories."Celts replied: He’s gonna create more memories by winning City the quadruple before he leaves.

He said “I won’t leave City until we win the Champions League” and that will be the case!33L

Comment posted by LYNCH, today at 20:12LYNCH

20:12As an avid Utd fan credit where credit is due GENIUS652C

Reply posted by Celts, today at 20:50Celts

20:50to LYNCH"As an avid Utd fan credit where credit is due GENIUS"Celts replied: AGUEERRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!54D

Comment posted by danology, today at 20:14danology

20:14Top 5 all time Priemier league strikers?656S

Reply posted by Sam, today at 20:17Sam

20:17to danology"Top 5 all time Priemier league strikers?"Sam replied: Easily180More replies (20)downV

Comment posted by VeganMax, today at 20:09VeganMax

20:09Such a shame. Even as a Chelsea fan, I’ve been privileged enough to see him live on quite a few occasions, home and away. An absolute talent, a joy to watch, and a huge loss for City fans and football fans.591G

Reply posted by Ghost, today at 21:08Ghost

21:08to VeganMax"Such a shame. Even as a Chelsea fan, I’ve been privileged enough to see him live on quite a few occasions, home and away. An absolute talent, a joy to watch, and a huge loss for City fans and football fans."Ghost replied: Could be a great asset to Chelsea. Get those goals going in again…….10J

Comment posted by Joe, today at 20:14Joe

20:14His minutes per goal over the past few seasons show he is a one off class act from a Liverpool fan he will be missed481B

Comment posted by Billy Onions and his Rag-Time Band, today at 20:12Billy Onions and his Rag-Time Band

20:12LEGEND

Good luck Sergio, sorry to see you go…482M

Comment posted by MarkJ2222, today at 20:11MarkJ2222

20:11Best goal ever to win the premier league in stoppage time. Brilliant sportsman and one of the Pl best players. At 32 surely clubs will be falling over themselves to sign him. Not a City fan (Watford) who Mr Aguero destroyed many a time !493L

Reply posted by liverpool supporter right here, today at 20:39liverpool supporter right here

20:39to MarkJ2222"Best goal ever to win the premier league in stoppage time. Brilliant sportsman and one of the Pl best players. At 32 surely clubs will be falling over themselves to sign him. Not a City fan (Watford) who Mr Aguero destroyed many a time !"liverpool supporter right here replied: I think he will move back to Argentina60More replies (1)downT

Comment posted by Tim, today at 20:07Tim

20:07Well yeah… pre-emptively commenting before the article is more than a “headline”.
Man City are pretty astute financially and aren’t going to offer the ageing and often injured player a new contract for sentimental reasons. I dont think this approach devalues his contribution over the years. Shame to see him leave the league, but the sun has set on his elite level career.431P

Comment posted by PaulM, today at 20:14PaulM

20:14As a Utd fan I have to say I’m gutted. Although he caused Utd many many problems, he lit up the premier league. He still has plenty to offer and will be an assist to any team he joins.371M

Comment posted by Mr Red, today at 20:15Mr Red

20:15When he was at Atleti, he was good, but when he moved to City he was incredible. I won’t miss him playing against us, but I’ll miss him in the PL. Quality.350P

Comment posted by Patrick, today at 20:13Patrick

20:13A master goalscorer and being a Burnley Claret, I witnessed the evidence regularly ! I also liked seeing him joining in the first lockdown teaching children to count in Spanish. Fancy a season at Turf Moor Sergio Maestro ?320G

Comment posted by Grb, today at 20:11Grb

20:11Not a Citeh fan but Agüero is a club and premier league legend323S

Comment posted by stan24, today at 20:14stan24

20:14As a Qpr fan he scored that goal that gave city a platform to build on. One of the prems very best strikers always played as if it was his last game.260R

Comment posted by red right hand, today at 20:10red right hand

20:10One of the all time premier league greats…and I speak as someone who dislikes Man City greatly
Good Shift Sergio262J

Comment posted by J-M-P, today at 20:13J-M-P

20:13The best football moment ever.286P

Reply posted by Pdogg, today at 20:23Pdogg

20:23to J-M-P"The best football moment ever."Pdogg replied: Bit insensitive.59More replies (4)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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