Sergio Aguero: David de Gea is one of my closest friends despite local rivalry

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that David de Gea is one of his closest friends.

The striker joined Atletico Madrid in 2006 from Independiente, whereas De Gea came through the ranks and spent two campaigns as the club’s first choice keeper.

Both moved to Manchester in 2011 and have since established themselves as icons at their respective clubs, with De Gea winning the ‘Player of the Year’ award four times and Aguero becoming Man City’s all-time top goalscorer.

Speaking on an Amazon Prime documentary, Aguero noted how he spent a lot of time with De Gea, a fellow Spanish speaker, in Manchester.

“Most of the time I’m on my own. If not, I’ll hang out with Nico Otamendi or David De Gea,” he said.

“I hang out a lot with De Gea because we played together at Atletico Madrid. We have a good friendship. But he plays at United and I play at City.”

The rivalry between these two clubs is less tribal as we lurch further into the modern era of optimum connectivity. Last April’s 3-2 win at the Ethiad played host to a fiery encounter on the pitch – a proper derby, if you will – but that ferocity is not mirrored in daily life.

Players from top clubs tend to freely fraternise with one another. Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy, for example, are very good friends. Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany have a close relationship. There is a whole cross section of Spaniards and South Americans from various clubs spend time together.

Your dad may feel like this is wrong, that this is killing the Premier League we love. Maybe he is right. But maybe – just maybe – it doesn’t matter in the slightest.

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