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Jovetic: Manchester City wanted me more

Jovetic: Manchester City wanted me more

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The 23-year-old says the Premier League runner-up was interested in signing him for "a long time," while also admitting the lure of the Champions League played a part in the move

Stevan Jovetic has revealed he snubbed the likes of Arsenal and Juventus because Manchester City showed a greater desire to sign him.

The Montenegro forward completed his protracted 27 million euro move on Friday to become City’s fourth major signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo.

Arsenal had been in advanced talks with the player earlier in the summer, while Italian champion Juventus had also registered an interest before settling on the man Jovetic will replace at the Eithad Stadium, Carlos Tevez.

"Manchester City has wanted me for a long time, more than everyone else," Jovetic told the club’s official website. "They have a big project here and are always fighting for the Champions League and Premier League. This is the reason I came here.

"I also spoke with Nastasic who tells me good things about Manchester and the players and everything here. He sent me messages every week telling me to come. Now I am here and look forward to playing with him every week."

The 23-year-old faces stiff competition to force his way into City’s attack with new manager Manuel Pellegrini having the benefit of being able to call upon Negredo, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Nevertheless, Jovetic hopes his versatility will see him figure heavily in the former Malaga coach's plans and has set himself the target of scoring between 15 and 20 goals over the course of the upcoming season.

"I’m a forward who is good in one-on-one situations," he added. "That’s my best quality and I think my best years are ahead of me.

"I have played in a lot of systems. I can play as a striker, behind the striker or on the left. I think and I hope I can score between 15 and 20 goals in all competitions this season."

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