Sergio Aguero says Chelsea icon told club to sign him before Man City | Football

Frank Lampard told Chelsea to sign Sergio Aguero after they clashed in November 2009 (Picture: Getty)

Premier League icon Sergio Aguero claims Frank Lampard pleaded with the Chelsea board to sign him around 18 months before he joined Manchester City in 2011.

Aguero burst onto the scene in the late 2000s, announcing himself as one of the most sought-after young attackers on the planet with 101 goals in 234 games for Atletico Madrid.

Atleti managed to fend off Europe’s elite and keep hold of Aguero until the summer of 2011 when they reached a £35million agreement with City, where he would go on to cement his place as one the greatest players in the club’s history.

Aguero’s phenomenal tally of 260 goals puts him head and shoulders above the rest on City’s all-time leading scoring charts, with Raheem Sterling sitting second on that list – 129 goals behind the Argentinian.

He also scored arguably the most famous goal in the history of the English top flight, which came in the 94th minute as City beat QPR to clinch the 2011-12 Premier League trophy – the first of five league titles he would win in Manchester.

But Aguero has revealed his story could have turned out very differently in a parallel universe had Lampard got his way back in 2010 – after the legendary ex-Chelsea midfielder came up against him in the Champions League group stage.

A young Aguero started on the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano as Chelsea met Atletico in November 2009, but put the hosts with a thunderous volley, shortly after replacing Florent Sinama Pongolle in the second half.

Sergio Aguero embraces Frank Lampard

Aguero went on to share a dressing room at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Didier Drogba looked to have won it for Chelsea with a quickfire brace before Aguero curled in a late 25-yard free-kick to deny the visitors victory.

Asked whether Chelsea ever had a chance of signing him following that 2-2 draw in Madrid, Aguero told The Club YouTube channel: ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah!

‘After that game, maybe two months after, my agent said to me, “Chelsea are interested”.

‘I had just three years at Atletico Madrid. I mean, I loved the Premier League, to play there, but Chelsea were never interested after. At first, yes, but then my agent said: “Okay, maybe not”.’

After swapping Chelsea for City in 2014, Lampard told Aguero how he had pestered the decision-makers at Stamford Bridge to sign him in early 2010.

‘I spoke about that with Frank Lampard because Frank Lampard played at Manchester City,’ Aguero added.

‘He said when I played against him, he told the staff at Chelsea to sign Aguero.’

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