Negredo 'optimistic' over World Cup inclusion despite slump

The summer signing from Sevilla has not scored since January but is working hard to hit top form again and is confident he will feature for la Roja despite a lack of game-time
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo remains confident of making Spain's squad for the World Cup in Brazil despite a slump in form.

The former Sevilla frontman last scored for Manuel Pellegrini's side in the Capital One Cup semi-final win over West Ham in January, and has been usurped in the pecking order by Edin Dzeko in recent weeks.

The Bosnian netted at the weekend against Crystal Palace, while Negredo yet against started on the bench, but the Spaniard is confident he can return to top form and catch Vicente del Bosque's attention.

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"I was playing games when I wasn't fully fit – but things have turned around now and I am fit again," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I am not featuring as regularly as before. I turned it around earlier in the season so I have got to have the same mentality to turn things around once again.

"I did that by working hard on the training field and scoring goals when I got my chance. Hopefully, that's what will happen again.

"It's just a case of working as hard as I can to get as many minutes on the pitch as possible to repay their faith in me.

"It's my dream to be involved in the World Cup – it would be great and is something I am fighting for.

"Not playing regularly here means the national manager has not seen much of me – but I won't give up. Quite the contrary – I am full of optimism.

"I believe he will still have confidence in me. I will carry on working hard in training and score as many goals as possible.

"It's about carrying on with the same dynamic that served me so well earlier in the season."