Negredo: Navas link-up helped convince me to join Manchester City

The Spain international striker says that the opportunity to reunite with the winger was a big part of his decision to leave Sevilla for the Premier League runner-up
New Manchester City signing Alvaro Negredo says that the opportunity to link up again with Jesus Navas was a big part of his decision to leave Sevilla for the Premier League.

His fellow Spaniard swapped the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the Etihad Stadium in June and Negredo expects him to be "an important player" for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"I've spoken with Jesus this morning and I am happy to be with him for another year," the striker told the press as he said goodbye to Sevilla on Wednesday. "He's such an important player and a great guy. It's a pleasure to play with him."

Negredo added his excitement at taking the chance to join the Premier League runner-up rather than let his career "stand still," with the City manager having answered all his questions.

"Pellegrini called me, we shared opinions and he convinced me about everything," the forward explained. "He told me what they could offer me there. It's a challenge for me and in this life you can't stand still.

"Now I start another journey and I'm very excited."

In his last appearance at the Sanchez Pizjuan, Negredo remarked that he owes a lot to the club president, Jose Maria del Nido, as he prepares for his next step.

"Thanks very much to everybody," he enthused. "It has been four fantastic years. I give thanks to the president for taking a chance on me. It was a dream. He has confided in me and given me a lot."