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Nigel De Jong: How Sergio Aguero’s reputation benefits team-mates

Nigel De Jong believes Sergio Aguero’s status as one of football’s deadliest marksmen has helped his team-mates flourish in front of goal.

The Argentine has racked up 254 goals since arriving in England nine years ago to become Manchester City’s record goal scorer and one of the most feared strikers in the game.

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That reputation only adds to his prowess, according to De Jong, who says Aguero’s mere presence creates chances for his colleagues because defenders remains so concerned with stopping him from scoring.

Sergio Aguero gives the team so much threat,” explained the former City midfielder.

“He gives them goals, obviously, but it’s just his threat. Even when walking off the ball he gives opponents fear that opens opportunities for his team-mates.

“He is one of the greatest strikers to play the game and I’m happy that I had the time to play with him.”

It is eight years this May since Aguero scored the most significant goal of his career, which ensured De Jong left Manchester with a Premier League winners medal.

Three months later, in August 2012, the tough tackling midfielder would depart for AC Milan, ending a three-year spell in which he had helped the Club establish itself amongst England’s elite by winning the 2011 FA Cup and ending the 44-year wait for a League Championship.

Such success means he will forever be linked with the cohort of players who kickstarted the most successful period in the Club’s history.

One of the liveliest characters in a dressing room not lacking in big personalities, De Jong has plenty of treasured memories and admits he made lasting friendships.

“I had a great stint here,” he added.

“I had a great three years and made a lot of friends.

“I came out for Vincent’s [Kompany] testimonial game and it was great to see each other again, with the memories and the stuff we have to talk about.

“The team we had, especially with Micah [Richards], Joleon [Lescott], Vinnie [Kompany], Joey Hart, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland, we always had some jokers around so there are some crazy stories.

“The banter off the pitch between me, Micah and Joleon always stands out for me.”

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