Sergio Aguero has moved to quash speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, suggesting that he can achieve everything he wants to with Manchester City.
Real have often been linked with the reigning Premier League top goalscorer in recent years and are once more thought to be interested in his services, with Rafa Benitez looking to overhaul his squad after a trophyless campaign in 2014/15.
However, the striker may well be too humble for his own good if the comments by which he justified his position were anything to go by.
‘The only reason a player should leave a club is to achieve things, and I can achieve all I want to at City,’ Aguero told the Mirror.
‘I can’t stop rumours. I can’t stop people writing things, but what I do is repeat what I have already said, and that is that I’m very happy at Manchester City.’
‘I have had success over the last four seasons there and I’m hungry for a lot more’.
‘Of course the Premier League is a big priority and we want to win it back, but it is a big dream to win the Champions League at City as well.’
City have been uniformly uninspiring in the latter competition since buying their way into the big time in 2011/12, with the round of 16 a high-water mark and the group stages repeatedly causing problems.
They’re 16/1 joint-seventh favourites to win next year’s edition despite being comfortably beaten by this year’s winners Barcelona en route to the final.
At 27, the injury-prone goal machine has around three years left at the top of his game. Can this seriously be regarded as enough time for the Citizens to join the elite group of perhaps four teams that can go into the competition with a serious chance of winning?
Aguero’s conviction that it is seems to largely based on the spurious assumption that his paymasters are experts in sourcing and seducing the world’s best players, telling the Mirror:
‘Each summer, City will add some of the best players in the world to the team.’
‘That is the way of the clubs who want to win titles. I’m sure that this summer will be the same.’
Last summer the Citizens signed Willy Caballero, Fernando, Bruno Zuculini, Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala and the ageing Frank Lampard.
The season before that they brought in Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Martin Demichelis.
Go back another year and some of ‘the best players in the world’ are still conspicuous by their absence – that summer’s shopping list included Jack Rodwell, Richard Wright, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Matija Nastasic and Javi Garcia.
Arguably City haven’t signed one of the world’s best players since Aguero himself and he needs to move on if he is ever to get his hands on the Champions League as a player.