Chelsea and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their chase for Athletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero, with the 22-year-old reportedly making clear his intentions to stay in Spain.
“It is clear he has chosen Real Madrid,” Aguero’s teammate Tomas Ufjalusi said of the star’s decision on where to head next season.
Chelsea had long been favourites to sign Aguero, rated by The Sun at £40 million, with the striker said to be a replacement for the departing Didier Drogba, who is unhappy with the amount of game time he’s receiving at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea also reportedly believed that Aguero would make a good partnership with Fernando Torres, who has been in poor form of late, and pundits have argued that the £50 million striker needs a fellow striker who fits better with his style of play than Drogba.
Manchester City were also in the mix for a deal with Aguero, as well as Liverpool, and yesterday the Argentian gave English clubs hope of a move when he said he was planning to exit Athletico Madrid.
"I said long ago that when I wanted to go, I would say so publicly. And the time has come," a statement from Aguero 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.''
Chelsea will no doubt not be giving up on signing the star, and despite Ufjalusi intimating that Aguero wants to keep his family in Spain, if Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants the signing, he will pay top dollar to secure his prize.
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