Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero is “irreplaceable” and “helped to put the club in a higher level”, as the Man City striker prepares to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
City’s all-time record goalscorer will leave when his contract expires this summer and Guardiola has paid a glowing tribute to the 32-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and five League Cups during his decade-long stay.
Guardiola believes Aguero was one of the players who established the club as a force in the Premier League and has backed him to score some important goals in what remains of this season, with City chasing an unprecedented quadruple.
“Sergio is irreplaceable,” the City boss told Sky Sports. “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.
“We were so lucky, the guys who came after him – me as a manager for example. We took over the club and he was one of the guys like Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, many players helped this club make a step forward and of course he was one of them.
“He helped us find a club organisation in a higher level. When he came here the club was in one level, and he helped to put the club in a higher level. And that’s why all the people are still here, and of course the fans always will be grateful.
Pep: Sergio Aguero is 'irreplaceable'
Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero is 'irreplaceable', as the striker prepares to leave Manchester City at the end of the season.
“Without them, what we achieved in the past four or five years would not be possible, that’s for sure.
“I think he still has interesting goals to score this season.”
Statue for Aguero?
Meanwhile, according to the Mirror, the club are planning to immortalise Aguero’s legacy at the club with a statue.
The same honour will be bestowed to former team-mates Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Now, Aguero says the next regeneration are responsible for making sure the club retains its elite status.
He said: “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.”