Manchester City Transfer News: Sergio Aguero Talks Possible Independiente Return

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2018

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Rui Vieira/Associated Press

Sergio Aguero has said he intends to return to former club Independiente when his contract with Manchester City expires.

The 29-year-old discussed the possibility of rejoining the club where he started as a youth product during a recent interview with Fox Sports Argentina (h/t Calciomercato.com): "When my contract with Manchester City ends (2020), I will return to Argentina, to Independiente."

Moving back to the Superliga Argentina would be a surprise decision from Aguero, even though he will be 32 when his City deal is up. The prolific striker would likely still attract interest from some of Europe's top clubs.

Aguero has said returning to Independiente is in his future.
Aguero has said returning to Independiente is in his future.DANIEL LUNA/Associated Press

Aguero's scoring record with the Citizens is such that many would feel confident he could continue at the highest level. The prolific No. 10 has become City's all-time leading goalscorer since leaving Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He's still the man the Citizens rely on for cutting edge, even with manager Pep Guardiola giving ample game time to Brazilian attacker Gabriel Jesus this season. Aguero has found the net 30 times in all competitions, helping the Manchester club win the Carabao Cup and top the Premier League by 16 points.

Winning the trophy again would give Aguero three titles since he moved to England, to go with a hat-trick of League Cups.

Yet despite his enduring production, there are still doubts about Aguero's future under Guardiola. The Guardian's Paul Wilson recently noted how it's "not completely unimaginable that Pep Guardiola might leave him out at some point in the near future to allow Gabriel Jesus to take up where he left off before injury."

Aguero and Guardiola haven't always had the easiest relationship.
Aguero and Guardiola haven't always had the easiest relationship.Dave Thompson/Associated Press

Guardiola showed his willingness to overlook Aguero when he left the attacking talisman on the bench for City's 2-1 win over local rivals Manchester United in December.

It doesn't help that City continue to be linked with some of the game's most high-profile strikers.

Spanish source Diario Gol (h/t Callum Vurley of the Daily Star) recently reported City are considering offering a contract to Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, who is valued at £200 million.

Kane isn't the only name on City's potential list of targets, though. Mundo Deportivo (h/t Ryan Baldi of Football Whispers, via Sky Sports) reported both City and United will vie with Real Madrid to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar this summer.

Neymar is reportedly on City's radar.
Neymar is reportedly on City's radar.Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Although Aguero has worked well with Jesus at times, it's hard to see him partnering Kane or sharing the limelight with Neymar.

If a City side becoming a juggernaut on Guardiola's watch can win the UEFA Champions League before Aguero's contract expires , it's easier to believe a player with nothing left to win in Europe would go home.

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