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Sergio Aguero criticised for leaving Atletico Madrid 'through the back door'

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told "El Partidazo de COPE" that Sergio Aguero was "stupid" to leave the club for Manchester City the way that he did.

Aguero had scored 102 goals in 233 games for Atletico, whom he joined for €22 million from Independiente as a teenager, before making a €45m move to City in 2011.

Atletico wanted City to pay at least €60m for Aguero, and the saga dragged on for two months amid a widespread feeling that the player had tried to force through a move to crosstown rivals Real Madrid.

"[Aguero] has been the only player who left Atleti under a cloud, as he was stupid," Cerezo told the radio show. "He arrived as a hero, and he left through the back door."

Later on Tuesday, Cerezo moved to clarify his statement, as reported by AS.

"The only thing I said was that the player's exit was stupid, not that Aguero is stupid," Cerezo said. "He is one of the best players in the world and I wish him all the luck in the world at Manchester City."

Aguero has gone on to win two Premier League titles with City, but has recently lost his place in Pep Guardiola's team to Brazil international Gabriel Jesus, who was finally registered with the Premier League club last month following a £27m move from Palmeiras.

That has fuelled speculation the 28-year-old could be on the move again this summer -- with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan reportedly among the teams looking to take advantage of the situation.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

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