Sergio Aguero: I want to leave Atletico Madrid

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					Sergio Aguero: I want to leave Atletico
Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that he wants to leave the club
this summer.

In a statement posted on his official Twitter page, the 22-year-old explicitly stated
his desire not to continue playing for last year’s Europa League winners.

"I have expressed to Atleti my desire to leave,” said Aguero. “I've asked to
receive, unconditionally, the offers that come from other clubs."

This comes just hours after the Spanish media reported that Aguero spent an hour
and a half in discussion with his father and his agents at the Vicente Calderon this
evening. Atletico’s chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin and their president
Enrique Cerezo were allegedly not present at the meeting.

The Argentina international further posted a full statement on his official website
in which he explained why he wants to play for a different team from next season.

“I am about to turn 23 and I have everything before me,” said Aguero. “It is
sufficient to say that it is not an economic reason to leave, but strictly a sporting

"So I want to clearly express my appreciation to the club for the effort they made
in keeping me on a salary that befits some of the largest institutions in the world.

“I also want to say that this decision has been in progress for some time,” Aguero
continued. “The issue was even discussed and agreed with Atleti last year when I
renewed my contract. I wanted to sign and renew my contract as a way to give
back to the club what they have given me.”

He added: “I then had the promise of the club that they would not impede my
departure in June 2011.”

The former Independiente forward also thanked the Atletico supporters and
expressed his “eternal gratitude”, adding that they “are already part of my identity
and a way of understanding football.”

Aguero’s release clause is reportedly €45 million plus the IVA value-added tax: if
this figure is met, then Atletico are contractually bound to allow him to negotiate
with the bidding club. His current contract runs until 2014.
Several clubs have recently been linked with Aguero. Barcelona were said to be
interested, Real Madrid were also following developments despite Aguero's
promise never to join Atleti's city rivals, and Manchester City have also allegedly
put themselves in the frame. No club has yet admitted a concrete bid for the young

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