Manchester City’s star striker Sergio Agüero has announced that he plans to quit the club – but not for another while yet.
The Argentinian international recently went on record as saying he has an ambition to break the club goalscoring record – of which he is currently 50 goals short – before his eventual departure, which he has now revealed will happen after the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking to radio station Indepependient en la Uno, Agüero insisted that any talk of him signing an extension to his current contract – which expires in 2019 – is mere speculation as he harbours dreams of returning to boyhood club Independiente upon the conclusion of his current deal.
“In the last few months a lot of things have been said about a new contract, but I didn’t pay any attention.
“It’s clear to me that when my contract ends, after the World Cup, I’m going to Independiente.”
He revealed that he would not play for another club in Europe other than Man City – rather that he would like to return to his native Argentina, where he made 56 appearances in four senior years with Independiente before a 2006 transfer to Spanish side Atlético Madrid.
“Here at the club they are great with me, they always told me that they were open if the chance of a transfer arises. But where am I going to go in Europe?
“No, when I go, when my contract ends, I’m going to Argentina to play for El Rojo . From Manchester, straight to Avellaneda.”
The 27 year old has had a successful period in English football, scoring 94 goals in 141 Premier League games so far in a spell that has seen him collect two league and two league cup winners medals.
At the expiration of his current contract he will still only be 31 years of age. To that end, he may yet row back on that declaration if he feels he still has plenty more to offer at the highest level.
If not, then Indepentiente will be picking up one of the biggest free transfer bargains of all time in 2019.