Ferran Soriano insists Sergio Aguero is staying at Manchester City.
The Argentina international joined the Blues in the summer of 2011 for a club record £35million, and he has gone on to become a huge success in England. Most notably of all, he scored the stoppage time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of his debut season, which ensured City pipped United on goal difference to win a first league title since 1968.
Aguero scored 23 league goals that term, and although he has failed to reach those heights this time around, he has still contributed 12 goals in a team which has struggled to find its best form. With United romping to the title by a margin of 11 points and Wigan Athletic beating City in the FA Cup final, coach Roberto Mancini was sacked with two games remaining.
Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be appointed as the Italian’s successor in the coming days, and the Chilean will see Aguero as a key member of his plans. However, the 24-year-old’s complicated domestic situation had placed doubts on his future at the Etihad Stadium. Having split from his wife earlier this year, the former Atletico Madrid man has since been separated from his three-year-old son, with his estranged wife and child returning to homes in Madrid and Buenos Aires.
This has led to speculation that Real Madrid are lining up an offer to lure him back to the Spanish capital in the summer, as they look to bounce back from a similarly disappointing season to that of City’s. However, chief executive Soriano has denied this could be a possibility, by insisting Aguero will still be plying his trade in Manchester next season.
“The first thing I want to emphasise is that we have never thought of selling Aguero. El Kun will be happy to stay with us this year,” he is quoted on tuttomercatoweb.