The playmaker, who is already considered one of the best foreign players to have featured in the Premier League, was the subject of interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona at the time but doesn't regret picking City.
The buildup to the goal was a beauty mixed with a string of passes.
Sterling broke from deep in his own half with a strong, skilful manoeuvre before David Silva's superb cross-field ball found Aguero on the right.
City were hardly tested despite a committed effort from promoted Fulham.
Bournemouth moved into fifth position after seeing off a ten-man Leicester City 4-2 to keep track with the front-runners.
There was a blow for City when Aguero limped off ahead of the beginning of their Champions League campaign, but his replacement Gabriel Jesus nearly made an immediate impact, firing off target with his first touch after being found by Silva.
In the 40th minute another chance fell for City after Bernardo's flick towards the back post could not find Laporte who was coming in to nod home.More news: Russia, China Conduct Moscow's LARGEST WAR GAMES in History — EASTERN ALLIANCE
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A minute later, Sane nearly netted his second after Silva passed the ball into the German's path but his shot at goal was saved by Bettinelli in Fulham's goal.
At the end of the first 45 minute, two additional minutes was added as City came close to netting third before half time. Sane did flick the ball into the net following a corner but he was denied by a tight offside flag.
Bernardo Silva staked his claim for a place even more emphatically, earning the man-of-the-match award after pulling the strings with aplomb on Saturday.
There could have been many more goals, but while they opened up Fulham with some ease, City were unable to fully punish them.
They also won the EFL Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they lost to Liverpool.
Delph will be hoping that a solid display against the west Londoners will see him get another chance against Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League opener.
The pensioners will sit pitchside but will not lead the teams out - they will leave that to Vera's great grandsons Max Goldsmith, 10, and Sammy Goldsmith, 4.
The combination of Gabonese striker Pierre Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front was superb for the Gunners in this match at the Cardiff City stadium. "He deserves to play all the minutes he plays".