Sergio Aguero has confirmed his intention to stay with Manchester City next season, saying he is "so happy" at the Etihad club.
The Argentinian forward, who suffered bouts of terrific form and injury on the way to securing a second title in three years, crushed rumours of a departure after City's latest Premier League triumph was confirmed.
"I'm so happy. It was an amazing moment to win another title," said Aguero, per Sky Sports' Peter O'Rourke. "I'll be back next year even stronger to win more trophies."
Aguero's comments rubbish speculation he could move to Barcelona after he was said to be part of Lionel Messi's wishlist by Catalan television station TV3, reported via Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail:
Messi is close to striking a deal with the Catalan giants but has asked Barcelona to sign Aguero and offer goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto a contract renewal. He is set to earn around £16.5million a year with up to £3m in bonuses and the economic terms are nearly settled upon.
Such terms were also dismissed by Jorge Messi, the player's father, per Marca:
"Firstly, the meeting focused more on broader contractual matters than exact figures" said Messi Sr. "I cannot combine an improved contract for my son with demands to sign a player or offer another a new deal."
With that rumour put to bed, Aguero can now look forward to a prosperous summer with Argentina. He is expected to take a leading role during the country's World Cup campaign, which throws up matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in a favourable group for the South Americans.
Despite his inconsistent fitness, Aguero has always remained a key player for City. His finishing skills are unmatched in Manuel Pellegrini's squad, and when healthy, his fleet-footed dribbling skills often leave defenders flummoxed. The player's 23 goals and eight assists in 29 appearances across the domestic division and Europe highlights his effectiveness, per WhoScored.com.
Aguero is certainly feeling appreciated at City, as noted on his Twitter feed:
With claims of a Barca move now overlooked, it seems Aguero could be in for a lengthy spell with City. He appears happy, the club is successful and building toward a trophy-laden future, ensuring the English champions offer one of the most exciting environments to be in right now.
Aguero's comments will usher in a sense of relief for many fans. His commitment to the club is key, as City's prospects are sure to be hampered when he moves on. His brief comments may save City an awful lot of hassle across the summer months, as Aguero's statement of intent publicly reveals he isn't looking for a change of scenery—a useful tactic when trying to evade envious eyes.