Maradona advised Real Madrid to sign Aguero

Dubai: Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona claims he told Real Madrid to sign Sergio Aguero prior to the Argentina striker`s off-season move from Spain to Manchester City.

The 23-year-old Aguero transferred from Atletico Madrid to the Etihad Stadium for a reported 38 million pounds ($62 million) before the start of the English Premier League season.

Maradona said Tuesday he suggested his son-in-law`s services to Madrid as a way of them closing the gap on Spanish and European champion Barcelona, one of Maradona`s former clubs.

"I actually advised Real Madrid to sign Aguero," the Argentina great said. "I felt he would be a very good player to fit into their squad, so that they can become a much more competitive side and maybe even rise up to the level of Barcelona.

"But, they didn`t do that and I consider the fact that they didn`t sign him as a loss. Of course, we can now see that he has got great skills and is scoring goals every time he plays with Manchester City. I`m sure Manchester City are very happy to have such a player and it`s an honour to have him as my son-in-law."

Aguero has scored eight goals in five Premier League appearances for his new club.

Bureau Report