Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero hasn’t been affected by recent reports suggesting that Real Madrid would make an offer for his signature in the summer transfer window – insisting that he is happy at the Etihad Stadium.
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In reports from Italy, cited by the Express, the Argentine forward, who is currently on international duty at the Copa America, was said to be a top target for new Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez, as the Spaniard aims to make his mark on the current Real side over the summer.
At the end of May, the Manchester Evening News reported that the La Liga giants were willing to offer as much as €90 million to secure the signing of the Citizens striker. The interest still lingers, with Spanish daily El Confidencial, on Tuesday morning, stating that the former Liverpool manager views the Argentina international as a direct replacement for Arsenal target Karim Benzema.
The former Atletico Madrid star, however, insists that he is happy at the Etihad and believes that he is primed to challenge for the Ballon d’Or by continuing his career in the Premier League – a division that he praises for its global audience.
“The Premier League has this vision where [they want] everybody in the world to watch it, so I have plenty of chances to at least be nominated for the Ballon d’Or,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I think for any player it’s important. Playing in the Premier League obviously I have a lot of opportunities,” he added.
The 27-year-old continued: “The truth is yes, I’m very happy.
“I’m enjoying these four years that I’ve had at City and there are still many more years to come. I’m very happy.”
Aguero moved to Manchester City in a £38 million deal in 2011, and has gone on to score 78 Premier League goals in 120 appearances. He bagged last season’s Golden Boot award – scoring 26 goals in England’s top flight – five more than closest goalscoring rival Harry Kane. Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini, however, will be hoping that his first-choice striker can maintain his fitness, and lead the attack for an entire season, as the club aim to return to winning ways following a trophy-less 2014-15 campaign.
Here’s a reminder of his finish against neighbours Manchester United in April: