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Sergio Aguero shoots down Chelsea FC transfer link: ‘I didn’t want someone else to talk to me, just Barcelona’

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Sergio Aguero has shot down suggestions he could have left Manchester City for Chelsea, claiming Barcelona was the only club for him.

Man City announced on March 29 that Aguero’s contract would not be renewed and that his 10-year stint at the club would end this summer, with Chelsea – who beat City in the Champions League Final in what was Aguero’s last game for the club – among the interested parties.

Chelsea had Aguero on their transfer shortlist in April along with the likes of Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane is also a target following the news that the striker wants to leave Spurs.

Following his unveiling at a press conference at Camp Nou, Aguero told reporters that once Barcelona were interested, he would not listen to any other offers.

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“I didn’t even hesitate. I didn’t want someone else to talk to me, just Barca,” Aguero said.

“(Pep) Guardiola, when we won the Premier League, he told me ‘You’re going to the best team in the world’.

“As a boy I said one day they will surely notice me and here I am.”

Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and went on to score 260 goals for the club, none more important than the stoppage-time strike which sealed the 2011-12 Premier League title.

 

</Aguero travelled to Barcelona following Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea, as he underwent his medical this Monday morning before signing his contract with Barcelona.

Joan Laporta has therefore secured the signature of the Premier League’s record foreign goalscorer, although Aguero has struggled with injuries in the last couple of years. In the 2020/21 campaign, he made 20 appearances and scored six goals.

During his time at Manchester City, Aguero won 15 pieces of silverware – five Premier League titles, six Carabao Cups, one FA Cup and three Community Shields – and he also became the club’s all-time record goalscorer, netting 260 goals in 390 games.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gave Aguero an emotional tribute after the Argentine striker’s final league match for the club, a 5-0 win against Everton that he came off the bench to score two goals in.

“We love him so much,” Guardiola said of Aguero. “He’s a special person. He’s so nice. He helped me a lot … We cannot replace him, we cannot. There are many players in this club – Joe Hart, David Silva [are others] – who helped us to be this club. We have his legacy. He showed his quality in 30 minutes.”

This will be Aguero’s second time playing in Spain, as he made 230 appearances for Atletico Madrid between 2006 and 2011, in which time he scored 100 goals. He also won a Europa League and a European Super Cup.

Aguero is set to be presented as a Barcelona player later this Monday before heading to South America to join up with the Argentina squad ahead of this summer’s Copa America. There, he will see his good friend and now teammate at club level, Lionel Messi.

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