End of an era: Why is Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City, and who will take his place?
126Asiabet Horse and Sports News
April 21, 2021, 7:40:19 AM
After ten years at the Etihad Stadium, the Argentine striker will depart at the end of the season, and finding a suitable replacement will be difficult.
Manchester City fans have become used to heartfelt farewells to club icons in recent years.
Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva have all left the Etihad Stadium after playing key roles in the club's most fruitful era.
How different things might have turned out had Aguero not kept his trademark composure against QPR on the final day of the season.
Nine years later, the striker signed from Atletico Madrid for £35 million ($49 million) in the summer of 2011 is currently the club's all-time top scorer, with 257 goals from 384 games.
Thus, the news that his deal will not be extended comes as a surprise – considering the fact that he has scored only one Premier League goal in the last 14 months, after a volatile year marred by a serious knee injury, an attempted return, and coronavirus.
During his repeated absences, however, City merely learnt to cope without a forward who had made such a significant contribution to the club's haul of ten trophies in ten years.
Although talks with a prospective new employer will now continue in the background, Aguero is hoping to make an impression on the pitch before leaving City.
"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," he said in a statement.
"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."