Manchester City have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old’s contract with the Premier League leaders is due to expire at the end of the season and City have now indicated that his deal will not be renewed.
Aguero joined City in a £35 million deal from Atletico Madrid in July 2011 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s best-ever strikers.
The Argentina international has helped City win four Premier League titles and currently sits fourth behind Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole in the league’s all-time top scorers list.
‘When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise,’ Aguero said in a statement on Monday evening.
‘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 this 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.
‘The task to maintain this well-deserved privileged position will remain on others.
‘As for myself, I will continue to give 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.’
PREMIER LEAGUE ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS
- Alan Shearer | 260 goals
- Wayne Rooney | 208 goals
- Andy Cole | 187 goals
- Sergio Aguero | 181 goals
- Frank Lampard | 177 goals
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: ‘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.
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‘This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. 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 and David. And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.’
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