Joe Cole reveals Chelsea snubbed a move for Sergio Aguero before he joined Manchester City because of his SHAPE… as Joleon Lescott admits he did not expect his former team-mate to become the player he has when he arrived a decade ago
- Cole revealed the Blues turned down the chance to sign the Argentine in 2009
- He joined City two years later and went on to become their all-time goalscorer
- Lescott said Aguero adapted quickly to life in England following his £35m move
Speaking ahead of Aguero making his final appearance in a City shirt in Saturday’s Champions League final against Chelsea, Cole revealed how his former club turned down the chance to sign the Argentine from Atletico Madrid in 2009.
Cole told BT Sport: ‘Chelsea were after him. They looked at this shape. I think maybe the shape of him they passed on him at the time, which was obviously a mistake.’
Chelsea lived to regret decision not to sign Sergio Aguero before he joined Manchester City
The Blues turned down the chance to sign the Argentine from Atletico Madrid in 2009
Joe Cole (above) has shed light on how his former club decided against signing Aguero
Manchester City signed Aguero for £35million two years later and he went on to become the club’s all-time goalscorer.
But Joleon Lescott admitted he did not expect his former team-mate to become the player he has when he arrived at the Etihad a decade ago.
Lescott said: ‘Exceptional player, person. When he first arrived I didn’t expect him to go on to become the guy he has become. I don’t think anyone, whoever they sign, will emulate that.
Aguero joined City for £35m in 2011 and he went on to become the club’s all-time goalscorer
‘As a person he adapted to life here. He learnt English quickly. He’s a great team player and he has that selfishness that you need as well.’
Aguero netted the memorable late winner against QPR to seal the title in 2012.
Lescott added: ‘I can’t think of an occasion when I’ve felt like that before or after. The reaction to all of it was special.’
Joleon Lescott said Aguero adapted quickly to life in England following his £35m move