Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Man City were, at one point, almost resigned to selling striker and club legend Sergio Aguero – with manager Pep Guardiola ‘ready‘ to ship him out of Eastlands.
Aguero, who has become a City hero since putting pen-to-paper on a £38 million deal from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2011, could’ve been heading out the exit door a lot sooner than expected according to Castles – with the journalist revealing that Guardiola ‘was not happy’.
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Since signing for the Sky Blues, Aguero has etched his name into City history – scoring the famous 93:20 title-clinching goal which allowed us to beat rivals Man United to the 2012 Premier League crown on goal difference.
Indeed, the 32-year-old surpassed Eric Brook and inserted his name at the top of our chart – but Guardiola wasn’t always set to keep him at the Etihad Stadium regardless.
Castles, speaking on the podcast, claims that while we may be set to offer him a new deal in the wake of our successful CAS appeal against UEFA, the relationship between Guardiola and Aguero was, at one point, looking tenuous.
The ex-Barcelona boss was apparently ready to ship Aguero out before the club intervened and persuaded him to reconsider his stance – insisting that the attacker is a ‘symbol‘ of our club and still has value.