Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has confirmed he plans on leaving the Premier League club when his current deal expires in 2018, and he believes he will finish his career with former club Independiente.
The Argentina international made the revelation during a recent interview with La Uno (h/t talkSPORT):
It's clear that I'm going to return to Independiente and retire there. My family know that... I'm going to go there when my contract with Manchester City finishes in 2018.
Here (at City) they know what I want to do, they know I want to return to Argentina.
I'm giving you my word that I want to return to Avellaneda when I leave England.
I dream of playing alongside my brothers.
The 27-year-old started his career at Independiente before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2006.
Per the report, City were hoping to sign Aguero to a new deal, but it now seems the Argentina international is keen to return to his country of birth in the near future. City maintain his contract doesn't run out until 2019.
Goal's Sam Lee was a little confused by Aguero's insistence he'll move in 2018, after the FIFA World Cup:
Odd from Aguero. He again states he'll go to Independiente when his City contract expires, but says that's in 2018 pic.twitter.com/Ejyg5lqrxc— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) March 10, 2016
Aguero has been City's top striker since joining the club in 2011, and he's once again the club's leading scorer by some distance this season, per WhoScored.com.
While fans won't like hearing he's set to leave the Citizens while he's still in his prime, Aguero's dream scenario for his future isn't all bad. By stating he wants to stay in Manchester until his contract expires, he also confirmed he won't be leaving the club for another powerhouse club in Europe anytime soon.
Per the Sun's Antony Kastrinakis, Real Madrid are eager to bring the striker back to the Spanish capital, and while he always seemed more likely to stay with City, Aguero's latest admission all but confirms it.
Aguero is but the latest Argentinian player to express his desire to finish his career in his country of birth. Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria previously expressed similar ideas in an interview with FIFA TV, and Carlos Tevez returned to Boca Juniors last summer after a stint with Juventus.