Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany pay tribute to departing Manchester City star Sergio Aguero

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is ‘irreplaceable’, according to Pep Guardiola (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero is ‘irreplaceable’ and has backed the striker to continue playing for at least five more years when he leaves Manchester City in the summer.

Speculation had been mounting with Aguero’s contract due to expire at the end of the campaign and it was confirmed on Monday that this year will be the Argentine’s last at the Etihad.

The 32-year-old, City’s all-time top scorer with 257 goals, has struggled with injury and illness across a frustrating season in which he has made just 14 appearances in all competitions.

Aguero has helped City win four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cups across his decade-long stay and Guardiola paid tribute to the forward’s incredible service during an interview with Sky Sports.

The Argentina attacker is City’s record scorer with 257 goals (Picture: Getty)

‘We have still two months ahead, and today I saw the training session how brilliant he was and his commitment,’ the City head coach said.

‘Sergio is irreplaceable. I could say in terms of numbers he can be replaceable, it’s not easy when you see more than 360 games played and more than 250 goals, the amount of titles…

‘So it’s the legend, the best striker this club has ever had for this century through the years, but is irreplaceable in the souls, in the hearts, in the minds of our fans, of our people, of the players that played alongside him and all the managers who worked with him.

‘He’s a fantastic person, a human being, and I’m pretty sure if his mind is still aggressive like he is, he can extend his career longer and longer than maybe two or three or four or five years.’

Guardiola has paid tribute to Aguero (Picture: Getty)

Guardiola feels he was ‘so lucky’ to inherit a squad boasting the likes of Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva when he took over the reins from Manuel Pellegrini back in 2016.

‘I think he still has interesting goals to score this season,’ he added.

‘Unfortunately, he was out for one year. People won’t believe this because we have had success, but we missed him in some moments.

‘We missed him for the special quality he has, it’s so difficult to find it, the sense of goal and the quality, when he’s sharp and especially when he’s angry and upset, he makes his energy in his legs and is able to get close to the box to make these runs for five or 10 metres and is able to destroy the one, two or three opponents and then finish.

‘We were so lucky, the guys who came after him – me as a manager for example. We took over the club and he was one of the guys like Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, many players helped this club make a step forward and of course he was one of them.

‘He helped us find a club organisation in a higher level. When he came here the club was in one level, and he helped to put the club in a higher level. And that’s why all the people are still here, and of course the fans always will be grateful.

‘Without them, what we achieved in the past four or five years would not be possible, that’s for sure.’

The attacker’s stunning last-gasp goal against QPR back in 2012 has gone down in Premier League folklore and iconic ex-City captain Kompany remembered the strike as he reacted to the news on Tuesday night.

‘I’ve been asked many times to name the no.1 most important moment in my Manchester City career,’ the Belgian tweeted.

‘Not a difficult choice really and there’s one guy’s name written all over it. Aguerroooooo!

‘Thank you legend and see you on the other side of Covid.’

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