Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insisted the club will face a daunting prospect of replacing Sergio Aguero when he leaves the Etihad
Brought in from Atletico Madrid for £35m in 2011, ‘Kun’ has become a symbol of the club, racking up over 240 goals during his eight-year spell at Manchester City.
Although the 31-year-old has endured an injury-hit start to the 2019/20 campaign, he has still gobbled 13 goals in all competitions – nine of which have come in the Premier League.
Widely regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Premier League history, Aguero has bagged over 20 goals in each of his previous five seasons.
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However, his contract at the Etihad is due to expire at the end of the next season, and the reigning champions have yet to offer him a new deal.
In the build-up to Manchester City’s trip to Wolverhampton, Pep Guardiola has emphasized Aguero’s importance to the club, admitting they will hardly find a suitable replacement for the Argentinean superstar.
“Sergio is irreplaceable,” the Spaniard told the Daily Mail.
“We have another incredible striker in Gabriel Jesus, and maybe another one will come when Sergio leaves, but he is irreplaceable.
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“I’m sure the club will be ready to try to find the guy to replace him, but of course, it will not be easy.
“The most important moment of this club — more important than when this club hopefully wins the Champions League — is when Sergio scored that goal against QPR (to win the 2012 Premier League title).
“That moment is much better than four titles in one season, and he was the guy.”
Aguero has not been a regular starter this season, as Guardiola often rotated him with Gabriel Jesus, which seems to have bothered both frontmen.
The Spaniard’s preferable 4-3-3 setup doesn’t allow him to field both of his star strikers at the same time, even though he tried playing them side-by-side when the Citizens were in a position to chase their rivals’ lead.