Sergio Aguero stated Monday that he hoped to have the “pleasure” of enjoying alongside Lionel Messi after signing a two-year take care of Barcelona.
Aguero will turn into a Barca participant as soon as his contract with Manchester Metropolis expires on the finish of June, bringing an finish to a decade on the Premier League champions, and his new group have slapped a 100-million-euro ($122 million) buy-out clause on the 32-year-old.
Nonetheless he’s nonetheless undecided that Messi can be his teammate subsequent season because the membership captain is but to signal an extension to his present contract which expires subsequent month.
“Let’s hope we play collectively … what occurs with Leo is all the way down to selections that he’ll make with the membership,” Aguero advised reporters on the Camp Nou after he was unveiled on the well-known pitch.
“Clearly will probably be a pleasure if we play collectively. If he continues right here, which I believe he’ll, we are going to attempt to do our greatest for the membership as he at all times has achieved.”
Barca will hope Aguero’s arrival in Catalonia helps to persuade his buddy and fellow Argentine Messi to remain, because the membership faces as much as declining performances on the pitch and a worrying monetary state of affairs.
Ronald Koeman’s facet completed third in La Liga this previous season and have money owed of 1.2 billion euros ($1.46 billion).
They had been knocked out of the Champions League on the last-16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain, and will but face sanctions from UEFA for refusing to again out of the short-lived European Tremendous League venture.
Final week membership president Joan Laporta stated that talks for Messi’s new contract had been “going properly”, and on Monday insisted that Aguero’s signing was a part of a broader Barca rebuild.
“The signing of Aguero is for Aguero. We wish to construct a aggressive group and clearly we additionally need Leo to remain, we have now already advised him this,” Laporta stated.
Aguero’s signing for Barca comes two days after he missed out on profitable the Champions League with Metropolis, Pep Guardiola’s facet dropping this season’s closing to Chelsea on the finish of a season disrupted by damage.
His closing look for Metropolis was as an alternative to Raheem Sterling late within the closing in Porto because the newly-crowned Premier League champions tried in useless to win Europe’s high prize for the primary time.
He leaves Metropolis as their all-time report goalscorer with 260 targets, and with essentially the most targets scored for a single membership in Premier League historical past — 184 targets in 275 appearances.
“Leaving apart final season, I had 9 superb years at Metropolis,” stated Aguero.
“A knee subject saved me out for a number of months, I recovered, I acquired Covid … however within the final 4 months I’ve felt superb bodily.”
His transfer to Barcelona had been lengthy within the offing, with Guardiola saying every week in the past that he was near a take care of the Catalan giants.
He’ll take part on this yr’s Copa America, which on Monday was moved from Colombia and his house nation Argentina to Brazil.
“If they’ve made that call it’s as a result of issues usually are not going properly in Argentina, there have been lots of infections over the previous few days and plenty of deaths. I believe it was a superb choice,” stated Aguero.