Sergio Aguero has promised to continue playing at “the highest level” since Manchester City announced that their all-time leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract ends.
City manager Pep Guardiola met with Aguero, 32, on Monday to remind him of the club’s decision not to extend his contract following a season spent mostly on the sidelines due to injuries and illness.
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, was later told by City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak that he will be honored with a statue at Etihad Stadium, which will stand alongside those of former teammates David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
During his 10-year tenure, the Argentina international has helped City secure four Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and five League Cups, with the club also chasing a quadruple this season.
Aguero is also City’s all-time leading scorer, with 257 goals in 384 games, breaking Eric Brook’s 78-year mark in 2017.
Aguero claimed in a statement: “Many feelings occur as a loop comes to an end. I have a deep sense of achievement and pride in having played for Manchester City for ten seasons, which is rare for a football player in this day and age.
Ten seasons of big milestones, during which I was able to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer while forming an indestructible bond with all those who love this club – people who will always be in my heart.
I was to join during the 2011 rebuilding era, and with the help of the owners and the contributions of many players, we rose to become one of the world’s best.
Others would be charged with preserving this well-deserved privileged role.
As for myself, I will continue to give it my all for the rest of the season to win more championships and bring more joy to the fans. Then a new stage will begin, with new challenges, and I am completely prepared to face them with the same enthusiasm and professionalism that I have always committed to continuing to compete at the highest level.”
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the city council, stated: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will commission an artist to build a statue of Sergio to stand alongside the ones currently under construction for Vincent [Kompany] and David [Silva] at Etihad Stadium.”