Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero has insisted he will stay at Manchester City this summer despite ongoing speculation linking him with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Aguero, 26, joined Manchester City from Atlético Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of €45 million, in the summer of 2011 and has since established himself as one of the best strikers in the English Premier League.
The 26-year-old hitman enjoyed yet another prolific goal-scoring campaign in 2013/14, with recent reports suggesting he could leave the Etihad Stadium for the Bernabéu or Camp Nou.
However, Aguero has moved to rubbish such reports, claiming he will stay in Manchester.
“There’s lots of talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona. It’s always the same every year.
“But the truth is that I’m going to stay at City. I’m very happy and I’m going to continue there.”
Aguero, whose current contract at the Etihad Stadium expires on 30 June 2017, bagged 28 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for City last term, while averaging one goal per 81 minutes.
Sunderland sign Pantilimon
Sunderland A.F.C. have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Manchester City via free transfer.
The Romania international, 27, has agreed a four-year deal with the Black Cats and will officially join the club when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July.
Pantilimon was Manchester City’s No. 1 keeper for a short period of time last term but eventually lost his first-team place to England shot-stopper Joe Hart.
The addition of Pantilimon gives the Black Cats a trio of solid keepers, highlighted by starter Vito Manonne.
“Competition for places is healthy and brings out the best in players. We already have a great goalkeeper in Vito Manonne and another one now in Costel,” Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton told the club’s official website, safc.com.
“Add to this youngster Jordan Pickford, who recently signed a long-term deal and we have a very strong stable of goalkeepers, which is vitally important in the top flight.”
In addition, Pantilimon expressed his delight with the move, which will keep him in Wearside until 2018.
“It is a great privilege and honour to join a club like Sunderland. They have an amazing history and tradition and of course passionate fans,” said the 27-year-0ld.
“When I left Manchester City it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a head coach who has the hunger and desire to take the team forward.
“After speaking with the boss, I knew this was the right place and he was the right man. I can’t wait to start.”
Pantilimon made seven league appearances for Manchester City last season, keeping three clean sheets.