Manchester City have announced that striker Sergio Aguero will depart at the end of the season when his contract expires.
The Argentine has enjoyed a legendary career at the Etihad Stadium after joining in 2011. Indeed, he capped off a memorable debut season by scoring the goal which won City their first Premier League title. Since then, though, the 32-year-old has proved a crucial part of the trophy-laden team under Pep Guardiola.
However, speculation began to arise over his future this season as he entered the final year of his deal.
In a statement on their official website, though, City confirmed on Monday that Aguero will leave in the summer.
They added that chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will fund the erection of a statue outside the Etihad Stadium in his honour.
The City chief told mancity.com: “Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated.
“His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the Club and maybe even in those who simply love football.”
Concerns had arisen that Aguero‘s decorated City career would fizzle out.
The Argentina international suffered injury last Spring and has struggled for game time since.
Indeed, he had returned to fitness earlier this year, only for him to enter self-isolation.
Nevertheless, Aguero completed his first 90-minute Premier League stint since last February in the recent 3-0 win over Fulham.
What’s more, with City still fighting on four fronts, Al Mubarak added that he hopes that Aguero can finish his City career on a high.
In any case, City’s statement added that they have begun plans to give Aguero a farewell should fans come back for the final weekend of the Premier League season, when the club host Everton.
Aguero backed to leave City on high
“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches,” the club chairman added.
“There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.
“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 alongside the ones under construction for Vincent [Kompany] and David [Silva].
“And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”
City are closing in on another Premier League title and will face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final next month.
They are also in the FA Cup semi-finals and will play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals.