Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time, following Monday’s announcement that the club's all-time top goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave when his current contract expires, at the end of the season.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the Manchester City manager described Sergio Aguero as “irreplaceable” before going on to say that the Argentine was “the best striker this club has ever had” in his first interview since Monday evening’s announcement.
The Catalan coach says that, “He's a fantastic person, a human being, and I'm pretty sure if his mind is still aggressive like he is, he can extend his career longer and longer than maybe two or three or four or five years.”
Although the legend’s next club is currently unknown, and despite interest within the Premier League, reports on Tuesday hinted that Aguero is considering interest from Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, with Aguero reportedly “crazy” about the prospect of joining the latter.
Aguero has sadly suffered numerous injuries over the past 12 months, resulting in the record breaking striker having started just five matches so far this season, and on that topic, Pep Guardiola said “Unfortunately, he was out for one year. People won't believe this because we have had success, but we missed him in some moments.”
The Manchester City boss then went on to say, “We missed him for the special quality he has, it's so difficult to find it, the sense of goal and the quality, when he's sharp and especially when he's angry and upset, he makes his energy in his legs and is able to get close to the box to make these runs for 5/10 metres and is able to destroy the one, two or three opponents and then finish.”
Despite being most famous for his achievements before Pep Guardiola took over as Manchester City boss in 2016, the former Barcelona coach told Sky Sports that, “what we achieved in the past four or five years would not be possible” and that “when he came here the club was in one level, and he helped to put the club in a higher level. And that's why all the people are still here, and of course the fans always will be grateful.”
The club have announced that a statue of Sergio Aguero will be commissioned and when reflecting on Aguero’s achievements over the past decade at Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola said that Aguero “is irreplaceable in the souls, in the hearts, in the minds of our fans, of our people, of the players that played alongside him and all the managers who worked with him.”
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