Sergio Aguero raised eyebrows on Monday when he described new club Barcelona as the ‘best club in the world.’
He had just spent ten years at Manchester City, setting and breaking records and picking up an envious amount of silverware, only to immediately declare Barcelona as a step forward in his career.
Of course, Aguero is hardly going to say Barca are a club in decline who can only sign players on free transfers – and he has a right to be excited about his new adventure, too.
So perhaps Aguero’s detailing of his final conversation with Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola might explain his comments, as the Argentine faced the media after being unveiled at the Nou Camp.
“The only thing that I remember is that, when we won the Premier League, we had lunch,” Aguero told reporters of his last words with Guardiola at City.
“He said to me: ‘You’re going to the best club in the world.’ Those were the last words.”
“I said before to president Laporta that, when I was a kid, I said that one day [Barcelona] would want me, one day they’d look at me.
“It happened, of course. When this opportunity came… any player who you give this opportunity to will come running. That’s what I did. I want to show here what I have shown at City.”
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Aguero also offered an update on his fitness, having returned from knee surgery earlier this year but could only play a small part in City’s run to the Premier League title and Champions League final.
Suggesting he was fitter than his playing time indicated, Aguero said: “I’ve felt really good this last four months and the most important thing is that my knee is perfect.”
Aguero has agreed a two year deal with Barcelona after passing a medical, and his contract includes a 100 million euro release clause. He will now join up with Argentina for the Copa America, which was yesterday moved from being hosted in his home country to Brazil.