Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero disclosed on Monday that he was “proud” of his time at Manchester City thereby announcing his departure when his contract expires this summer.
Aguero went to City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has scored 257 goals in 384 games since, making him their highest goal-scorer of all time.
He scored the dramatic winning goal as they leap frogged local rivals Manchester United to the 2012 Premier League title.
He posted on social media saying;
“When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise,”
“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.
“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.”
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak released a club statement saying he would reserve any farewell speeches until Aguero leaves, but he revealed the club had commissioned a statue of the striker.
Al Mubarak said:
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated.
“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve,” he said with City in the running for their first ever Champions League and hot favourites to win the Premier League.
“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.”
According to the Guardian, City were making plans to organise a farewell party for Aguero after their last game of the Premier League season against Everton on May 23.
The 32-year-old tested positive to Covid-19 in January after a season already ravaged by injury, he has only 14 appearances for City this season, scoring just three goals.
Aguero wasn’t available for the end of last season and the start of the current campaign after undergoing knee surgery in June 2020.
Since then he has been on the sideline after suffering a hamstring injury in October.
City coach Pep Guardiola stated last week that he may not be able to give Sergio Aguero much game time on the pitch before his contract expires.