Mikel Arteta sends class message to Man City legend Sergio Aguero

Mikel Arteta coached Sergio Augero during their time together at Man City
Mikel Arteta coached Sergio Augero during their time together at Man City (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has paid a glowing tribute to Sergio Aguero ahead of the Manchester City striker’s final Premier League game for the newly crowned English champions.

The 32-year-old’s contract is due to expire in the summer and, after 10 trophy-laden years at the Etihad, he is set to move on at the end of the campaign, with a transfer to Barcelona looking increasingly likely.

Arteta enjoyed many a tussle with Aguero during his own playing days, before coaching the prolific forward during his three-and-a-half year stint as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Speaking ahead of Aguero’s City farewell on Sunday, Arteta said: ‘It was an absolute joy to work with him.

‘His character, his personality, he’s a loveable man and then one of the best talents that I’ve seen.

Mikel Arteta played against Sergio Aguero on many occasions for Arsenal against Manchester City
Mikel Arteta played against Sergio Aguero on many occasions for Arsenal against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)
Mikel Arteta coached Sergio Aguero during his spell as a coach at Manchester City
Mikel Arteta coached Sergio Aguero during his spell as a coach at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

‘What he’s done in this league for so long, scoring the amount of goals that he’s done… I think he was a player that contributed to change the perception of English football in different countries.

‘What he’s done for Manchester City, I think he was a big contributor of changing the history, the mentality and the winning years that they had after that.’

While one City stalwart is set to depart, another is set to renew his commitment by signing a new one-year contract.

Like Aguero, influential midfielder Fernandinho had been on the verge of departing but will remain for another season after agreeing fresh terms, according to The Times.

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