Striker reveals Spanish champs were after him
New Manchester City striker Nolito has revealed that he snubbed the chance to join Barcelona in order to join Pep Guardiola’s revolution.
The 29-year-old chose Man City over Barca after the Citizens activated his £13.8million release clause at Celta Vigo.
The move means Nolito will once again work with Guardiola – the man who handed him his Barcelona debut in the 2010-11 season.
Nolito explained: “The truth is I enjoyed working with him in Barcelona even though it wasn’t much time. It’s a reason for me to come here but not the only one.
“But it was also about City, they have a great team, it’s a great project, they got to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and the truth is I will try to help this club achieve great things.
“I thought it was the best decision for me and my career. I have come to the Premier League to play with City and under Pep Guardiola, who will play me in the first team, and I am very happy with the decision I took. It took me just two days to make the decision.”
He is now looking forward to a fresh challenge in the Premier League.
Nolito added: “I wish Barcelona all the best. I am very proud of Barcelona’s interest, but now I am here and I think I made the best decision to come here.
“I was fortunate to play in Barcelona, although not much in the first team, and now I am excited about playing at City and I will try to do great things here.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10