Sergio Aguero has surprised Manchester City by confirming his plans to leave the club after the 2018 World Cup.
In comments that may seem hard to believe, the Argentinian striker has admitted that he wishes to return to his home country to play for former club Independiente, where he started his successful career.
The 27-year-old reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Citizens in 2014 but seemed to suggest that he will be hoping to leave with as much as 12 months left on that deal following the tournament in Russia. More likely, Aguero appears to have revealed that his contract expires in 2018 and currently has no plans to extend that deal.
"In the last few months a lot of things have been said about a new contract, but I didn't pay any attention," he said, as per Goal. "It's clear to me that when my contract ends, after the World Cup, I'm going to Independiente.
"Here at the club they are great with me, they always told me that they were open if the chance of a transfer arises. But where am I going to go in Europe? No, when I go, when my contract ends, I'm going to Argentina to play for El Rojo. From Manchester, straight to Avellaneda."
Aguero has previously stated that he maintains a dream of returning to Argentina while still close to the top of his game. Last year, he said that he would ideally be back in an Independiente by the time he was 31-years-old.
"I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old," he said in December 2015. "If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31."
Leaving a legend
If Aguero does indeed quit City at the end of the 2017/18 season, that gives him just over two seasons to seal his legacy as the club's greatest ever goalscorer. Right now, he sits 11th on the list, but could shoot himself into third place with just 25 goals.
Currently on 128, Aguero will become the all-time top goalscorer with 51 more strikes, overtaking Eric Brook, whose record of 178 has stood since 1940. Despite suffering injuries this season, the diminutive attacker has still bagged 21 goals, meaning he is likely to go very close to breaking the mark.
Aguero is likely to be a key component for Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard takes charge in the summer. Guardiola is expected to spend hundreds of millions to revolutionise Manchester City, but the team is much more likely to be built around Aguero than anyone else.