Pep Guardiola has insisted that he would be happy to see Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero remain in the Premier League, after the club announced last week that his ten year-stay at the Etihad is set to come to an end this summer.
The Argentina international has become a legendary figure on the blue side of Manchester since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the forward quickly endearing himself to the City supporters after netting that goal on the final day of the 2011/12 Premier League season to secure the club’s first league title win since 1968.
The prolific marksmen has since helped Manchester City to three more league triumphs, with a fourth set to be confirmed in the coming weeks, while he has hit a club-record 257 goals in all competitions, including 181 in the league, a record only bettered by Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer.
Despite his iconic status at the club, a difficult campaign on a personal level has brought about a somewhat unexpected departure for the forward, City deciding not to renew his contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old – who’s netted just one league goal so far this season – will now be available to join a new club on a free transfer in the summer, with recent speculation suggesting that he could potentially join another top side in England.
“The best for him, we wish – all of us,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“Find the best for Sergio for the last years in his career, for sure. We’ll be delighted with the decision he takes, the best for him and his family and his career.
“My preference is his preference. His preference is my preference. The best for him is the best for us.”