Aguero wants out of Atletico

The Argentine striker is set to become one of the most in-demand
players in Europe after confirming his desire to quit the Vicente
Calderon. Reports have long linked Aguero with a move away from the
club, but in recent weeks it was claimed he was growing
increasingly frustrated with their lack of success. Now Aguero has
issued a statement confirming he wants to leave, which will now
trigger a transfer battle with Chelsea and Atletico’s arch-rivals
Real Madrid believed to be leading the race. “I said long ago that
when I wanted to go, I would say so publicly. And the time has
come,” the statement said. “So I keep to my word and here I am. I
find it hard to leave Atletico. It hurts and saddens me. “I’ve
thought long and hard and I am convinced that I must be true to
myself. I do not think I put a ceiling on the ability to keep
learning, to keep growing. “After five intense years, this stage
for me personally is over and I have to give way to a new one. “I’m
about to turn 23 and I have everything before me. Suffice it to say
that this is not an economic issue but strictly a sporting one. “So
I want to clearly express my appreciation to the club for the
efforts they have made for giving me a salary that equates with the
largest clubs in the world.” Aguero has scored over 100 goals for
Atletico since joining from Independiente in 2006 and earlier this
season signed a new three-year contact. But Aguero admits that he
signed the new deal knowing he had the option to leave this summer.
“I want to say also that this decision has been maturing for some
time,” he added. “The issue was discussed and agreed with
Atlético last year when I was renewing my contract. “I wanted
to sign as a way to give back to the club for all the support they
have given me. Had I not done so, they might not have received any
more for my transfer. I received then a promise that the club would
not stand in my way if I wanted to leave this summer. “Therefore,
in line with that commitment and my decision, I have asked them to
listen to any offers they receive for me from different clubs.”