By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Sergio Aguero has revealed that he will quit Manchester City in 2019 and rejoin childhood club Independiente.
The 27-year-old striker, who has three-and-a-half years to run on his City contract, says his ambition is to return to Argentina while he is still in his prime.
Aguero has written himself into City folklore with his goalscoring achievements at Etihad Stadium since his £38million switch from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
He has scored 116 goals in 178 matches for the club, won two Premier League titles and
But the Argentine does not expect to be at Manchester City for the rest of his career.
“I have always said that I want to return to Independiente and I will do just that,” Aguero told French magazine So Foot. “I will return to Independiente when my contract with City expires.
‘I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31.”
Aguero joined Independiente at the age of nine and broke into the first team as a 15-year-old in 2003, going on to score 23 goals in 54 matches for the 16-times Argentine champions.
He moved to Atletico Madrid at the age of 18 an made his name in Europe as one of the most lethal strikers on the planet.
He has emerged as the outstanding striker of the Sheikh Mansour era and is widely regarded as the Premier League’s best forward following Luis Suarez’s switch to Barcelona in 2014.
Last season’s 26-goal Golden Boot winner has added another nine strikes in all competitions this season, although his campaign has been disrupted by a hamstring injury that sidelined him for six weeks.
Aguero has only just returned to action but suffered a foot injury in City’s 3-1 win over Southampton last Saturday and missed their League Cup quarter-final win against Hull on Tuesday night. He revealed on Twitter that is also a minor injury and is in contention for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Stoke.