Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will leave the EPL club at the end of this season after 10 years at the club.
The club has commissioned a statue to honour the goal poacher for his meritorious service.
The Argentine striker has played a huge part in City’s elite status since he joined in 2011 and helped them to their first title a year later, scoring the title-winning goal at the death in a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.
The 32 years old has won the club four English Premier League titles in his 10 years at the club and can still add a fifth before his summer exit.
The club announced the exit of Aguero on Monday evening, stating that an “emotional farewell” is in the offing for the star striker.
“Manchester City will bid a fond and emotional farewell to legendary striker Sergio Aguero when his contract expires this summer,” City disclosed on their website.
While praising the player, club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, added that a statue of the striker will be built outside the stadium and his mosaic installed at the City Football Academy.
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated. His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the Club and maybe even in those who simply love football.
“This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.
“In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David. And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”
The former Atletico Madrid striker who broke Alan Shearer’s EPL hattrick record also stated his love for the club amidst his impending departure in a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account.
“A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole 10 seasons- unusual for a professional player this day and age,” Aguero stated.
“Ten seasons with major achievements, throughout which I was able to become the top historic goalscorer and forging an indestructible bond with those who love this club- people who will always be in my heart.
“The task to maintain this well-deserved privileged person will remain on others. As for myself, I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans. Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin, and I am fully ready to face them with the same passion and professionalism that I have always dedicated to continue competing at the highest level.”