Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero has committed his future through to a testimonial year.
Aguero surpassed Eric Brook’s 78-year record last November and has signed a one-year contract extension worth in the region of £220,000 per week.
The Argentina international’s former club Atletico Madrid were interested in re-signing him over the summer but Aguero has decided to prolong his stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2021.
My idea was being here for 10 years,’ Aguero said. ‘I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires.
‘This was the main reason I signed. I’m very happy because they have treated me very well since the first day I got here.
‘Im very happy with everything that involves the club, my team-mates, the staff and the management team.’
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, took some time to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s demands and had considered leaving City during the Catalan’s first campaign in charge.
AGUERO IN NUMBERS
Manchester City games: 299
Goals per game: 0.68
Minutes played: 22,125
Minutes per goal: 108
Left footed goals: 37
Right footed goals: 148
Headed goals: 19
Goals inside box: 184
Goals outside box: 20
Penalties scored: 33
Most prolific season: 2016-17 (33).
Season with best scoring rate: 2013-14 (average of one goal every 82 minutes)
The 30-year-old has since claimed he is playing the best football of his career and recently praised Guardiola’s knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat for his role in that.
Aguero revealed he feels sharper than ever, while City have moved to keep their older heads around after David Silva, 32, penned fresh terms until 2020 last year.
‘It’s true that we’ve got a lot of young talent, that in the future can make the difference,’ he added. ‘At the same time the youngsters are quite developed already, like Leroy (Sane), Raheem (Sterling), Bernardo (Silva) and Gabriel (Jesus).
‘There are a lot of players, that have got things to improve and learn, but being in this club you learn and improve faster than anywhere else.
‘We have a good team, we need to be focused and if we are at 100 per cent, we have lots of chances to do great things.’
Aguero, who could make his 300th appearance for City in their weekend clash with Cardiff City, has scored 204 goals for the club in all competitions.
He has averaged a goal every 108 minutes for City – 0.68 goals per game – with his most prolific season coming in 2016-17 when he netted 33 times.
His most famous goal came in the final seconds of his first season at City, 2011-12, when he scored the last-minute winner against QPR to snatch the Premier League title away from Manchester United.