Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola admitted he ‘might need revealed a secret’ as he confirmed Sergio Aguero is ready to hitch Barcelona.
The Spanish boss paid a glowing and emotional tribute to the membership legend on Sunday, as he signed off from a record-breaking decade on the Etihad with two targets in his remaining Premier League match as City lastly lifted the title.
The 32-year-old will formally finish his City profession after Saturday’s Champions League remaining in opposition to Chelsea in Porto, however Guardiola was in tears as he spoke after City’s large 5-Zero victory over Everton.
When he dried his eyes, he then appeared to let the cat out of the bag throughout an interview as he revealed Aguero’s subsequent vacation spot.
However it’ll come as no shock to anybody, with the striker linked with a transfer to hook up with shut pal Lionel Messi in Spain for a lot of months.
Talking to Match of the Day after one other dramatic remaining day within the English prime flight, the City boss mentioned: “I’m fairly positive – perhaps I reveal a secret – he’s near agreeing a deal for the membership of my coronary heart, for Barcelona.
“He’s going to be enjoying alongside the most effective participant of all time, Lionel Messi.
“I’m fairly positive he’s going to take pleasure in. And perhaps Barcelona are stronger and stronger with him on the pitch.”
Guardiola was pressured to compose himself for that on-screen interview after he was virtually blubbing as he was requested about Aguero’s exit after the sport.
Aguero began the sport on the bench and got here onto the pitch to rapturous applause with simply 30 minutes remaining, however he pushed for a spot within the Champions League remaining as he rolled again the years to plunder two wonderful targets.
And Guardiola mentioned it was a ‘fairytale second’.
“We love him a lot – he’s a particular individual for all of us,” mentioned the boss.
Sergio Aguero’s Man City profession in numbers
260 – Targets for Manchester City (membership file).
184 – Targets within the Premier League (fourth on all-time listing behind Alan Shearer 260, Wayne Rooney 208 and Andy Cole 187).
12 – Trophies gained (Premier League 5, FA Cup 1, League Cup 6).
389 – Look.
16 – Hat-tricks.
93.20 – Time of his most well-known City objective – their stoppage-time winner in opposition to QPR to clinch the Premier League title on the ultimate day of the 2011-12 season.
“We can’t substitute him. He confirmed his high quality in these 30 minutes. It was an ideal finish, a fairytale second. It was so good.
“He made an unimaginable two targets to complete the sport in a superb temper and now we’ve 5 days to arrange for the ultimate.”
The environment on the Etihad was a celebratory one with followers returning to the bottom for the primary time this season and City offered with the trophy after the sport.
The post-match ceremonies additionally included a particular tribute to Aguero in recognition of his profession however, as Guardiola identified, there’s nonetheless time for one final chapter.
Requested if Aguero might play in opposition to Chelsea in Porto, Guardiola mentioned: “After all. We have now 5 substitutions. He has a particular feeling, he has one thing particular.
“After all he can be prepared if we want him to assist us win the Champions League.”
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