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David Platt feared Sergio Aguero would earn him and Roberto Mancini Man City axe

Sergio Aguero was so disappointing in his first fortnight at Manchester City that assistant-boss David Platt feared he and manager Roberto Mancini would pay for his signing with the sack.

Mancini was insistent that Aguero was the striker he needed and convinced chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to thrash out the £36million deal to get him over dinner in Los Angeles with Atletico Madrid chief Jesus Gil.

Mancini and his team were also in LA on their pre-season tour when an agreement was reached and, the next morning, Khaldoon reported the good news.

Platt, speaking to the Keys & Gray podcast, said: “At breakfast the following day, he came to us and said, ‘Right, the deal is done at 38million euros’.

Sergio Aguero was dreadful in his first two weeks at City but went on to become a club legend

“You gross that up to what has happened in the game in the past 10 years or so and you’re talking £200million, or something like that.

“So we did our pre-season tour of Los Angeles and Aguero never turned up.

“Then in Manchester, he came along to training and for the first two weeks he didn’t really run that much, he didn’t look that quick.

“And he couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo.

Roberto Mancini celebrates THAT GOAL! by Aguero to seal the league title for manchester City
Roberto Mancini celebrates the Sergio Aguero goal against QPR that sealed the 2011-12 title for Manchester City

“I sort of sidled away from Robbie, and went up to the first-team coach and said: ‘This guy is going to get us the sack’.

“His first game was the Community Shield against Manchester United. We were 2-0 up at half-time, it gets back to 2-2, and, had Nani not scored, it would have gone straight to penalties.

“I turned to Robbie with a minute, or a minute and a half, to go and said, ‘Why don’t we get Aguero on to take a penalty?’

“He said: ‘Good idea. Ask him’.

“In my Italian and his Argentine/Spanish, I said, ‘Do you want to get warmed up and go on and take a penalty?’

“But he doesn’t say a word, he just shakes his head.

David Platt was Roberto Mancini’s assistant during their first Premier League title win

“And I’m thinking, ‘Not only can he not hit a cow’s backside with a banjo, he can’t take penalties, either.

“I sank into my chair thinking, ‘This is it, this is the end’.

“The following Friday we played Swansea in our Premier League opener.

“Brendan Rodgers’ team are keeping the ball, it’s no way a foregone conclusion, and we’re about 65 minutes in and Robbie turns to me and says, ‘Right, get Aguero on’.

“I look at him as if he’s insane. ‘Are you serious? We might as well get a player sent off, we might as well put Mario Balotelli on and then we can get him sent off. We’re winning 1-0, what are we doing here?’

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak thrashed out Sergio Aguero’s transfer to Manchester City with Atletico Madrid chief Jesus Gil over dinner in Los Angeles

“But after 71 minutes, he goes on and it becomes a toss-up for the best 20 minutes I’ve seen in my life — Roberto Baggio for Juventus at Pescaro when we were 5-0 up after 20 minutes and he’d scored four and made one, or Aguero’s 19 minutes there.

“I still don’t know how he made the goal for David Silva.

“The rest is history — he just went on and became this unbelievable player.

“He’s a diamond of a lad as well.

“And if Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the penthouse suites in a high-rise, I’d say Aguero has the second best view.”

David Platt was speaking on the latest episode of the Keys & Gray podcast, which is available to download on April 4.




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