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When will Aguero leave Manchester City and return to Independiente?


A god in Manchester City, an idol at Atletico Madrid and coveted by many of Europe's biggest teams, Sergio Aguero is nonetheless certain about his future. "I have never won anything with Independiente and I want to be a champion," the Goal 50 star has said of his childhood club.

Unlike his friend Lionel Messi, who has yet to confirm if he will finish his career in Argentina, 'El Kun' has repeated many times that he cannot wait to return to Avellaneda. But beyond his public promises, how likely is Aguero's Independiente comeback - and when could it happen? 

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Things have not been easy for the forward since Pep Guardiola walked through the door at the Etihad Stadium. A contract extension was set to be announced in August, one which would keep Kun at the club with whom he has won two Premier League titles until 2019. For whatever reason, however, Aguero has yet to put pen to paper. 

In media reports and interviews, Pep goes out of his way to praise his Argentine attacker - and vice versa. The reality is somewhat different, though. True, Guardiola has been encouraged by what he has seen of Aguero of late, particularly the unselfishness on show in the recent rousing win over Barcelona. However, the Catalan coach, an avid drillmaster, needs to see further improvements in Aguero's general play, in particular his movement off the ball, pressing and fitness, before he is convinced. 

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As long as Guardiola continues to mull over Aguero's place in his team, it's unlikely there will be an official announcement of a new deal. 

If Manchester City do let him go, Aguero could be tempted to stay in Europe with another club for a few more seasons. He is loyal to the Citizens and happy in Manchester but, if his hand is forced, it would surely appeal to prove himself at another top-level side.

"My family already knows,"  Aguero told Independiente en la Uno, a club media outlet, when asked about his future. "There is a commitment here, they know I want to come back to Argentina. I give my word, I will return to Avellaneda from England because I dream of playing with my brothers."

Therein lies another conflict, however, as right now the relationship between the Rojo and the Aguero family is seriously strained.

Kun's father, Leonel del Castillo, fell out with club president and trade union boss Hugo Moyano and his inner circle. The most evident symptom of that dispute is clear: Aguero's brothers are no longer part of the Independiente set-up. Mauricio del Castillo was shipped out on loan to third-tier Deportivo Moron, supposedly lured away by coach Walter Otta. Gaston, 19, recently made his debut for Cadiz in the Spanish second division. 

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As he was presented in the Spanish club, Leonel had some choice words: "Good luck, son, I hope it's for the best since there was no room for you in Independiente; shame." 

Aguero, who made his Independiente debut on July 5, 2003 and stayed until the 2005-06 season, is racked by doubts over his future. With no official word on his contract at City and having seen relations at his beloved Rojo fall to pieces, right now his long-awaited return is a puzzle with no obvious solution.