Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero is set to join Barcelona after leaving Manchester City.
The striker, who leaves City after ten seasons, was given a presentation by the club to show their appreciation for his contribution that has seen him become the all-time record goalscorer for the Blues, as well as the Premier League’s top overseas goalscorer, and the player with the most goals in the league for a single club – a feat he secured with that last day brace.
After the game, Aguero refused to comment on where he would go next when asked by Sky Sports, preferring to focus on the day’s celebrations where City lifted the Premier League trophy.
However, Guardiola wasn’t so guarded as he let slip Aguero’s destination in a later interview with Match of the Day.
“I’m pretty sure, maybe I reveal a secret. Maybe he is close to agreeing a deal for the club of my heart – for Barcelona.
“He is going to be playing alongside the best player of all time, Lionel Messi.
“I’m pretty sure he is going to enjoy. And make my club Barcelona are stronger and stronger with him on the pitch.”
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Earlier, Guardiola had given an emotional interview when asked to describe Aguero’s impact at City.
“We love him so much,” he told Sky Sports, fighting back tears.
“He’s a special person for all of us. He’s so nice, so nice. He helped me a lot. We cannot replace him, we cannot,” he said after the match.
“There are many players that this club have had – David Silva helped this club to be what it is. He showed his quality in 20 minutes.”