Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out joining Sergio Aguero next season due to the striker’s decades of association with rivals Manchester City.
City announced Tuesday that their all-time top scorer will be leaving the club at the end of this season when his contract expires.
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Aguero has scored 257 goals in 384 games and won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups.
The last high profile player to join City from United was Aguero’s former Argentinian teammate Carlos Tevez, who was on loan with United for two seasons before moving to City in 2009 and winning the league title in the 2011/12 season.
Solskjaer has said he doesn’t expect Aguero to follow in Tevez’s footsteps this summer.
“I wouldn’t expect a player who has played for a club for 10 years to want to go to their local rivals,” Solskjaer told reporters.
“I know we are professionals but when you play for Man United you don’t go to Man City. We had examples of that and I really didn’t agree with that.
“When I played for Man United, when a rival club tried to sign me and I was gone – well, where is the loyalty? Loyalty is one of the values that I really, really value.”
Over 40 players have represented both Manchester clubs, with Andrew Cole, Owen Hargreaves and Peter Schmeichel being among the Premier League-era players who moved from United to City.
United return to the league on Sunday as they welcome Brighton to Old Trafford. Solskjaer’s side are second in the table and 17 points behind City, who have played two more games.