Sergio Aguero has insisted he is happy at Atletico Madrid – but also revealed that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Chelsea.
Aguero was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the summer, with speculation that Atletico turned down a bid of £35 million.
The Argentinian can hardly have failed to impress Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday night when he came off the bench to score twice against the Premier League club in the 2-2 draw between the two sides.
Though Chelsea are not currently able to sign players until 2011 after the Gael Kakuta affair, it is thought that the Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to confirm that the punishment has been lifted pending an appeal hearing. This will enable the Blues to sign players in January.
Chelsea are expected to strengthen their squad in January, provided the transfer ban is lifted, with the loss of players like Didier Drogba and Michael Essien to the African Nations Cup in mind.
Aguero is expected to be high on the club’s wanted list, though he would be ineligible to play in the Champions League until the 2010-11 campaign.
“I know that people were saying they [Chelsea] wanted me during the summer and that there were several teams tracking me but nothing ever came to me and I am happy at Atletico,” Aguero told As.
“It’s nice that people say I could play in a team like Chelsea, one of the best in the world.
“I like it [Chelsea’s interest] and it makes me happy but I am the same person as ever and I think the same as before.
“I don’t really want to think about any other team. I want to fight with Atletico to the death. I almost feel like I was born here. It’s a club that has given me a lot, pleasure as well as pain, but it’s a place I feel very happy.”