Transfer news

Wantaway Aguero keen to stay in Spain

June 2, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero insists he would "prefer to stay in Spain" when he departs the Vicente Calderon, leaving Barcelona and Real Madrid as the clear favourites to sign him.

Sergio Aguero
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Aguero, 23, revealed last week that he is ready to move on after five years with the Rojiblancos, and city rivals Real emerged as early frontrunners for his signature.

But Atletico were quick to dampen speculation about a controversial cross-Madrid move, claiming Real had not expressed an interest in 'Kun' and that Juventus were the only club to have openly made contact.

"He (Real president Florentino Perez) has told me he has no intention of signing Aguero and I do not doubt him," general manager Miguel Angel Marin said. "Firstly due to the good relationship we have personally and secondly due to the clubs' relationship."

Marin later added: "The only side which I have talked to are Juventus. I have been contacted by the Italian club, they have sent me a letter in which they have asked to negotiate for the player.

"Last Monday we received a fax from the Bianconeri. They showed their interest, but we will only let Aguero go for €45m - and not a euro less."

However, Aguero has now insisted that he would like to stay in La Liga and, with Barcelona reportedly in discussions about signing Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi, the Bernabeu appears to remain the Argentina intenational's likeliest destination.

"The English league is good, but I'd prefer to stay in Spain," Aguero told Argentinian broadcaster TyC sports.