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How Sergio Aguero Went from Unwanted to Guardiola's Preferred Striker

A Look At The Man Who Was Expected To Leave

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Sergio Aguero has put pen to paper on a new deal with Manchester City that will see him stay on at the club until 2021. The Argentine has been with City since 2011 when he signed from Atletico Madrid. He has gone on to achieve great success at the Etihad.

It could be recalled that Aguero was one of the players expected by some to leave the club when Pep Guardiola took over in 2016. The ex-Barcelona boss embarked on a large scale clearance that was aimed at making room for his preferred players. The likes of Fernando, Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Kolarov and Joe Hart have all been let go.

The fact that Guardiola held serious reservations about Aguero’s suitability and attitude meant the striker’s place in the new setup was not guaranteed.

When young Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus joined the club, he was expected to become Guardiola’s first choice in attack. But Aguero has made his case on the pitch.For three consecutive seasons, the 30-year-old has scored over 20 league goals for the club. It’s a healthy return that has helped the Sky Blues remain one of the best teams in England.

The manager has gone from uncertain about the player’s place in the team to an admirer and even an advocate. But for over two years now, there has been uncertainty surrounding Aguero’s contract situation.

Despite Renewing the contract in February 2016 when Manuel Pellegrini was still in charge, it was unclear when the deal will expire. The club did not make any public announcement of the deal. And when questioned during interviews, the player usually gave contradictory answers. Sometimes he stated it was in 2019 and at other times, 2020.

He also stated his desire to return to boyhood club Independiente, back in his homeland. His father even claimed he was ready to return after the World Cup. All of these complicated matters.

His new deal has, however, laid all speculations to rest. It also confirms the manager’s newfound confidence and trust in the player. And that is well deserved.

The Argentine remains City’s most prolific striker of all time with 204 goals in 299 appearances. He has so far won three Premier League titles with the Sky Blues and the striker believes the Etihad remains the best place for his career.

Speaking on his new deal, he stated: “I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires. This was the main reason I signed.

“I’m very happy because they have treated my very well since the first day I got here. I’m very happy with everything that involves the club, my teammates, the staff and the management team.

“It’s true that we’ve got a lot of young talent, that in the future can make the difference. At the same time the youngsters are quite developed already, like Leroy [Sane], Raheem [Sterling], Bernardo [Silva] and Gabriel [Jesus].

“There are a lot of players, that have got things to improve and learn, but being in this club you learn and improve faster than anywhere else.

“We have a good team, we need to be focused and if we are at 100 per cent, we have lots of chances to do great things.”

City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, also added: “We are delighted that Sergio is extending his stay at Manchester City.

“He has been so important to this Club since his arrival in 2011 and he remains at the forefront of what we are want to achieve in the coming years.

“We are fortunate to have had one of the best strikers in the world at our Club for so many years and I’m sure our supporters will be thrilled with this news.”

Suffice to say that if the striker continues his recent goalscoring exploits, that will hugely impact the club’s ambitions as the Cityzens are still in the hunt for more success both domestically and on the continent.