Jesus Navas: I made Man City decision ‘four months ago’

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas reveals he made the decision to join Manchester City "four months ago"

By Paul Gorst
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Jesus Navas has revealed that he made the decision to join Manchester City “four months ago”.

The Sevilla winger’s switch to City was officially announced on Monday, with a fee believed to be in the region of £23m, and the Spaniard admitted that the move had been discussed earlier this year.

“I took the decision to go to City four months ago. I still haven’t spoken to Manuel Pellegrini but he is a coach that I know,” said Navas.

“I’m so happy to be joining Manchester City. It’s a good opportunity and I think both sides are happy.

“I’m leaving Sevilla, which is a beautiful place and I’m going to a big club in England. I’m still not comfortable speaking English though. I’ll have to study now.

“The most important thing with the deal is that everyone wins. I leave Sevilla very grateful for everything and hope to achieve big things at City.”

The 27-year-old also admitted that he knew little about the speculation linking Málaga’s Isco with a switch to the blue half of Manchester.

Isco is reportedly a target for the club with Málaga coach Manuel Pellegrini still the favourite to take over the reins at The Etihad.

Navas said: “I don’t know if Isco will come too. We’ll have to see. The Premier League is very fast and I’m very excited because Manchester City are putting a very good team together.”

Navas will be part of the Spain squad that will play in the Confederations Cup in Brazil later this month.

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