Manchester City already extended the contracts of Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and David Silva this summer. Now, you can add Sergio Aguero to the list, as the star forward has put pen to paper on a five-year extension that will keep him with the defending champions until 2019.
The club's official website announced the news, and Aguero shared his comments:
The reality seems to be that ever since I came here, during every close season, there have always been rumours suggesting that I might be returning to Spain.
There has always been this speculation but I certainly never pay much attention to it. People hear this stuff flying around and they take it seriously but I can tell the fans and everyone at City to relax, I’m going to be here until I see out my contract.
Each year, I aim to better the previous one. Last season was incredible but I’m not just satisfied with two Premier League titles, I want more and I can achieve them here alongside my teammates. This club is special; the fans, the stadium, the staff, the atmosphere, the new facility we’re moving into—everything!
As David Anderson of the Mirror notes, Aguero likely won't be the last player to see his contract extended:
Aguero follows Nasri, Silva and Kompany in signing new deals. Hart and Dzeko should be next.— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 14, 2014
And as Oliver Kay of The Times tweeted, these moves indicate a period of constancy for the club:
Aguero follows Kompany & Silva in signing new long-term deal with #MCFC. Another star retained without fuss. £££ helps but so does stability— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) August 14, 2014
While Aguero struggled through a series of injuries last season, he was absolutely brilliant when he was on the pitch, scoring an astonishing 17 goals and adding six assists in just 23 Premier League appearances. Were it not for his injury, he surely would have challenged Luis Suarez in the Player of the Year voting.
For good measure, he added six goals and two assists in six Champions League starts. Unlike their triumph in the Premier League, however, the Citizens were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 by Barcelona.
A healthy Aguero makes Manchester City one of the most dangerous teams in Europe. And the fact that City have deepened their squad this season without making splashy signings for the sake of making a splash while re-signing most of their main stars suggests the team is in line for a period of stability under Manuel Pellegrini.
Aguero will be one of the faces of that period of stability. With Suarez now in Barcelona, Aguero will no doubt reign supreme as the league's top forward if he manages to stay on the field. And if he does, City could pull off the incredibly difficult task of repeating as champions.