Manchester City were hopeful of extending the contract of Argentina striker, Sergio Agüero earlier this month but the 27-year-old has thrown that into doubt by reiterating his desire to return to boyhood club, Independiente after the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking to radio station Independiente en la Uno , Aguero said: “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.
“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.”
With Pep Guardiola arriving at the Etihad this summer, Agüero will no doubt remain as City’s main striker as he looks to surpass Eric Brook’s club record goalscoring haul of 178. With at least a couple of years remaining in Manchester, Agüero, currently 50 shy of the record, may well leave as the club’s greatest goal scorer but would be returning to Argentina with much still to offer European football.
Agüero had previously said on the subject: “I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31.”
City had obviously hoped to persuade the prolific striker otherwise but Agüero’s attachment to the club he joined as a nine-year-old has remained strong.
After graduating from the academy, Agüero became the youngest player in the Primera when he made his first-team debut not long after his fifteenth birthday. 23 goals in 54 appearances followed including a breathtaking solo goal in the clásico with Racing, before his €20 transfer to Atlético Madrid. The fee paid for a considerable amount of work on the reconstruction of the stadium and so it is easy to see why Agüero has remained a firm favourite with supporters.
With his younger brother, Gastón del Castillo currently in the Independiente reserve side, Agüero recently donated a significant amount of money towards a new training complex. The hope for Independiente supporters is that the iconic striker will benefit from the facility himself upon his return. Barring any serious injury, Kun should still be in the top bracket of strikers in Europe and a return to Independiente and the Argentine Primera would be a massive coup, perhaps surpassing even that of Carlos Tevez’s recent move to Boca Juniors.