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Maradona: Sergio Aguero deserves Manchester City

The Argentine legend is thrilled to see his son-in-law in goal-scoring form for the English Premier League side.

Sergio Aguero, of Argentina, has been a find for Manchester City, the English Premier League title contenders.
Sergio Aguero, of Argentina, has been a find for Manchester City, the English Premier League title contenders.

DUBAI // Sergio Aguero, the Argentina forward, has finally found a team befitting of his talent, according to Diego Maradona, his well-credentialed father-in-law.

Aguero has scored six goals in four matches in an eye-catching start to his Manchester City career, after joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer. On Wednesday evening, City will begin their first campaign in the Uefa Champions League when they face Napoli, a club Maradona led to domestic and European honours during six years there as a player.

Despite his strong allegiances to both Aguero, who is married to his daughter, Giannina, and the Italian club, Maradona will have to watch from afar.

He is preparing Al Wasl, his new UAE club side, for their first competitive fixture, Thursday night's Etisalat Cup match against Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi.

Maradona is happy Aguero has joined a club in the English Premier League who have the potential to "fight for everything", having initially feared his talents would be wasted at the club in the Spanish capital.

"People at Atletico Madrid said I was a fool," Maradona, who included Aguero in his squad when he was Argentina's manager at last summer's World Cup, said on Sunday.

"I told them that this foolish person is not that much of a fool, because Aguero is playing in a team at Manchester City where he is going to fight for everything.

"It was not fair, with respect to his teammates at Atletico Madrid, for Aguero to be playing for a team who were not competing for the big championships.

"It was worrying me that he may have played for many years for Atletico Madrid and for that time they would only have one star, and didn't do much in Europe. Now Kun Aguero is playing at a place he deserves."

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