More details about Sergio Aguero’s decision to leave Atletico have come to light, including Atlético’s strict stance regarding the forward’s buy-out clause and the club’s strategies to prevent a possible move to Real Madrid.
According to AS, when Kun met with club directors on Monday to tell them he wanted out of Atleti, they responded by offering the striker a salary increase from €6.5m per year to close to €9m per year and a contract extension until 2017.
The Argentine forward obviously declined the club’s last-ditch effort to retain him and asked that his €45m buy-out clause be reduced. Kun’s request was rejected, and this would seem to explain why he looked angry as he left the Vicente Calderón on Monday.
On Tuesday, Agüero flew back to Argentina for a quick vacation before joining up with his country’s national team in preparation for the Copa América. At the Barajas Airport in Madrid, the 22-year-old told reporters:
“I have already made my decision to leave Atlético clear in my personal statement. That’s how I informed the club, Cerezo and Gil Marín.
“They have to respect my decision and it’s their problem if they don’t want to understand it, because when I renewed I told them that I could leave the club whenever I wanted to and that I would make it public that way. And that’s what I’ve done with my statement. I have waited for la Liga to end in order to announce it,” he was quoted by AS as saying.
Kun continued: “The club knew, when they renewed my contract, that I could leave at any moment and it’s their problem if they don’t want to understand it.”
Agüero then assured he has not selected his next destination, admitting that “there’s nothing concrete with any team.”
“The only thing that is concrete is my decision to leave and I will decide which team I will play for later,” he said. “The supporters and Atlético have to understand this situation. It has been a marvelous five years, in which the people have given me a lot of love. I thank them, but now I want a change of scenery.”
Kun’s father, Leonel Agüero, told Spanish radio network COPE on Tuesday:
“There are a lot of clubs interested in Sergio. He wants to continue progressing on a team that plays in the Champions League.”
The striker’s dad revealed that we should know in about “10 to 15 days” where Kun will end up playing.
“[My son] has already given everything he could at Atlético Madrid,” the senior Agüero concluded.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo meanwhile, speaking to Madrid-based paper ABC, criticised the way Kun made his announcement public.
“Atlético did not deserve that he communicate [his decision] through a letter posted at night on his web page,” Cerezo said. “He is the highest paid professional in the history of the institution, and earns at the level of other big clubs.”
After los Colchoneros’ friendly against Alcorcón, which Cerezo attended, he spoke to Cadena SER and responded to rumours suggesting Kun will join our eternal rivals Real Madrid.
“If [Real] Madrid pay Kun’s buy-out clause, we would consider it an act of aggression,” said the Rojiblanco president. “I think there are a lot of teams apart from Madrid. I trust in the non-aggression pacts between Madrid and Atlético.
“I doubt that Real Madrid are interested in Kun. I have spoken to Kun tonight and he has told me that he has offers from several clubs. Maybe Madrid are one of those teams interested in him, but I don’t think he will sign with them.”
In the event that the Argentina international signs with any other club, Cerezo has already devised a strategy to prevent him from later joining our neighbours.
“We would put a clause in his transfer so that no one can sell him to [Real] Madrid,” he said.
Real Madrid, on their part, have expressed interest in acquiring our soon-to-be former idol, but are banking on the possibility that Kun can still negotiate a reduction of his release clause, according to ABC. The paper claims Merengue directors are not willing to pay the full cost of his buy-out, and will back off if Atlético refuse to do business with them.
An unnamed Real Madrid official told ABC: “[Our] club will not do anything aggressive against Atlético. If Miguel Ángel Gil doesn’t allow negotiations to take place, there will be no signing.”