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.”