Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits Sergio Aguero is ‘irreplaceable’ for the club and remains hopeful the forward will remain at the Etihad beyond his current contract.
The club’s all-time record goalscorer is currently contracted to the Premier League champions until the summer of 2021, the 31-year-old yet to discuss a new deal and widely expected to return to his native Argentina when he decides to call time on his Man City career.
Aguero arrived at the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has since gone on to score a record 244 goals in all competitions for the Citizens, and Guardiola admits replacing the iconic forward – who scored the most significant goal in the club’s history against QPR to win the title in 2012 – will be his hardest challenge as City boss.
“I would say it will be one of the toughest things, he’s irreplaceable,” said Guardiola at his pre match press conference.
“We have an incredible striker in Gabriel [Jesus] and maybe will come another one when Sergio’s leaving, but he’s irreplaceable.
“I think the most important moment of this club, is the moment Sergio scored that goal against Queen’s Park Rangers to win the first Premier League. That moment is much better than four titles in one season, and he was the guy.
“It’s not easy to find a guy with his status, his personality, what he has done in the football career with this humility.”
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