Pep Guardiola insists outgoing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is ‘IRREPLACEABLE’ and could play for another five years – as Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane could be tasked with trying to fill the void
- Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero ‘helped to put the club in a higher level’
- The striker is preparing to bid farewell to Manchester City at end of the season
- Guardiola believes Aguero was one of players who established club as a force
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero is ‘irreplaceable’ and ‘helped to put the club in a higher level’, as the striker prepares to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
City’s all-time record goalscorer will leave when his contract expires this summer and Guardiola has paid a glowing tribute to the 32-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and five League Cups during his decade-long stay.
Guardiola believes Aguero was one of the players who established the club as a force in the Premier League and has backed him to score some important goals in what remains of this season, with City chasing an unprecedented quadruple.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (right) insists Sergio Aguero (left) is ‘irreplaceable’
‘Sergio is irreplaceable,’ the City boss told Sky Sports. ‘I could say in terms of numbers he can be replaceable, it’s not easy when you see more than 360 games played and more than 250 goals, the amount of titles…
‘So it’s the legend, the best striker this club has ever had for this century through the years, but is irreplaceable in the souls, in the hearts, in the minds of our fans, of our people, of the players that played alongside him and all the managers who worked with him.
‘He’s a fantastic person, a human being, and I’m pretty sure if his mind is still aggressive like he is, he can extend his career longer and longer than maybe two or three or four or five years.
Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (L) or Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku (R) could replace Aguero
‘He helped us find a club organisation in a higher level. When he came here the club was in one level, and he helped to put the club in a higher level. And that’s why all the people are still here, and of course the fans always will be grateful.
‘Without them, what we achieved in the past four or five years would not be possible, that’s for sure.
‘I think he still has interesting goals to score this season.’
City are in the market for Aguero’s replacement but appear to have ended their pursuit of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The Argentine is yet to pen fresh terms at the Nou Camp with his current deal set to expire in June but City have accepted Messi is unlikely to depart the Catalan giants, according to Sport.
Instead the Premier League side are focusing their attentions on Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland, Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Spurs’ Harry Kane.
City could make a move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer as Aguero’s successor
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