Sergio Aguero has revealed that he intends to leave Manchester City for Independiente once his contract with the Premier League side expires in 2019.
The 27-year-old started his professional career with Independiente before leaving his boyhood club for Atletico Madrid in 2006. He has not forgotten about Independiente, though, and aims to end his career at the club where it all started for him.
"I have always said that I want to return to Independiente and I will do just that," the Argentina international told So Foot. "I will return to Independiente when my contract with City expires.
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"I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31."
Aguero became the youngest player to debut in Argentina’s Primera Division during his time at Independiente at 15 years and 35 days. He made over 50 appearances for the club between 2003 and 2006. The Spanish playmaker managed 83 minutes on his first start for two months in the 4-1 Capital One League Cup quarterfinal win over Hull having come off the bench for 15 minutes on Saturday.
An early goal from Wilfried Bony should have been the platform for a comfortable win but it was not until 19-year-old substitute Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin de Bruyne (twice) struck in the last 10 minutes that the match was wrapped up before left-back Andrew Robertson scored an even later consolation.
"The most important thing was to qualify for the semi-final but after that it was important for David to have 80 minutes after a long injury," said Pellegrini, who hopes to have some of his big names back at the weekend.
"Kun (Sergio Aguero) has a pain in his heel. He is improving and we will see tomorrow or Thursday if he can play on Saturday."