Chelsea legend John Terry has refuted claims that he advised the club against signing Sergio Aguero, who has since gone on to become Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer on 244 goals.

Aguero has earned a reputation as one of the best goalscorers of his generation, performing with remarkable consistency during his eight years in Manchester. He has managed at least 20 Premier League goals in each of the last five seasons, and in six of the last eight.


A story originating from The Athletic earlier this week had alleged that Chelsea were interested in the Argentine prior to his 2011 transfer, but that Terry had reservations and suggested the club would better off pursuing David Villa or Franck Ribery instead.

However, the retired former Chelsea captain has firmly denied the story, calling it ‘nonsense’.

“Where do these get the stories from?” he said in an Instagram story.

“If they bothered calling players’ agents it would solve an awful lot of nonsense.”

­Chelsea had already spent big on a striker in 2011, spending what was then a British record £50m on signing Fernando Torres from Liverpool on a rollercoaster January transfer deadline day.

Chelsea's Italian Manager Carlo Ancelott

In his first season with Manchester City, Aguero steered the club to the Premier League title with a sensationally late winning goal against QPR on the final day. It was the club’s first top-flight triumph in 44 long years since 1968.

He has since won three further Premier League titles, as well as five domestic cups. The Champions League still eludes Aguero and City, though, an honour Chelsea did famously win back in 2012.

Aguero’s personal record against Chelsea is quite something. He has scored as many as 15 goals against the Blues over the years. The 31-year-old will face Chelsea again this weekend when Premier League football resumes.

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