HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 12: Sergio Aguero (C) of Atletico Madrid is challenged by Simon Davies (R) and Paul Konchesky (L) of Fulham during the UEFA Europa League final match between Atletico Madrid and Fulham at HSH Nordbank Arena on May 12, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sergio 'Kun' Aguero Asks For Transfer Away From Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid and Argentina star Sergio 'Kun' Aguero issued a statement on his personal website and twitter feed that he is seeking a move away from his current club in the summer transfer window.

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Atletico Madrid Offer Sergio Aguero Huge New Contract

Sergio 'Kun' Aguero's announcement that he'd be leaving Atletico Madrid as soon as possible was not exactly done with the prior consent of the team. Club president Enrique Cerezo has insisted that the Argentinian forward is by no means for sale, and now Atletico have offered Aguero a new contract in hopes of convincing him to stay. According to AS, the new offer stands at an eye-watering €9M per year, which seems more than a little excessive for a club of Atletico's stature.

With Diego Forlan potentially heading to greener/more Dubai-ish pastures, and 20 year-old goalkeeper David de Gea definitely Manchester United-bound, one can hardly blame Atletico for trying to keep hold of one of the few talented players they have left. But as Aguero said, this isn't about money, and even €9M a season may not do the trick - if he truly does want to leave for career reasons.

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Atlético Madrid's President Insists Sergio 'Kun' Aguero Is Not For Sale

Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo responded to Sergio Aguero's public comments yesterday requesting a transfer from the club by insisting the forward is not for sale.

In comments made on Radio Marca, Cerezo was forceful in his opinions about the situation.

We are not going to change our thinking. We will not sell or trade for Aguero. If anyone wants to know something new, ask him directly. There is no getting around it. El Kun has a signed contract. He has shown his desire to leave, but we say the same thing. We do not want to sell. We respect his decision, but he also has to respect ours. He has a commitment to us

There is believed to be a €45 million buyout clause in Aguero's new contract he signed in January that was supposed to keep him with Atlético through 2014. Reports say he signed the deal with the understanding that he would be allow to make a big money move in the summer. Aguero has been one of Atlético's top performers since joining the club in 2006 and with the likely departure of Diego Forlan in the summer, losing Aguero as well would be a big blow.

Cerezo also said in his interview that the club was unaware of where Aguero wants to go, but stressed that there had been no official contact from another club concerning the forward. Aguero has already been linked with Real Madrid and several Serie A clubs, so expect a report having him moving to Manchester City by the end of the day...just kidding, I hope.

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Sergio 'Kun' Aguero Asks For Transfer Away From Atletico Madrid

In a personal statement left on his verified twitter page and his personal website, Atletico Madrid and Argentina international striker Sergio 'Kun' Aguero expressed his desire to move away from Atletico Madrid. Atletico purchased Aguero from Independiente in 2006, and since then he has become one of the most highly coveted young players in world football. He's scored 74 goals in La Liga in his time at Atletico, including double-digit tallies in all of the last four seasons and 20 goals this year. In all competitions, Aguero has scored over 100 goals for Atletico Madrid.

It's been an up and down ride for the club since Aguero arrived, with some of the highs including qualifying for Champions League and winning the Europa League. However, this season was a serious disappointment for Atletico, and as a result, Aguero has asked for a transfer elsewhere. Here is an excerpt from his statement on his personal website.

De más está decir que no se trata de una cuestión económica sino estrictamente deportiva. Por eso quiero expresar claramente mi reconocimiento al club por los esfuerzos que ha hecho por mantenerme hasta con un salario acorde a las instituciones más grandes del mundo.

Roughly translated, the above-quoted text says that his decision to ask for a transfer is strictly a sporting decision, not an economic one. He then thanks the club for paying him a salary consistent with what he would have received from a richer club.

The team has not yet issued a statement on whether or not they will grant Aguero's request, nor has he named any possible destinations, but English Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea have been rumored to be interested in Aguero for quite some time.

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