Sergio Aguero to leave Manchester City at end of season

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season, it has been announced.

City manager Pep Guardiola met Aguero, 32, on Monday to inform him of the club's decision not to renew his deal after a season spent largely on the sidelines, with injuries and illness keeping him to only 14 appearances.

The Argentine, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has scored 257 goals in 384 appearances for the club.

"With the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world," Aguero said.

He will be honoured by a statue at Etihad Stadium, alongside title-winning captain Vincent Kompany and influential playmaker David Silva, who left the club in 2019 and 2020.

The trio played leading roles in City's renaissance, with Aguero famously scoring the injury-time winner against QPR in 2012 which clinched the club's first English title in 44 years.

Since then, the striker has helped City win three more Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups.

Aguero has been linked to several of Europe's top clubs in recent months.Barcelona are reported to be potential suitors, with French champions Paris St-Germain, as well as Italian duo Juventus and Inter Milan, also showing interest.

Last week, Chelsea were said to be monitoring Aguero's situation and ready to move if the Argentine decided to stay in the Premier League.

"I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans," Aguero added in a statement announcing his exit.

"Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin and I am fully ready to face them with the same passion and professionalism that I have always dedicated to continue at the highest level."