Manchester City’s latest recruit Jesus Navas has revealed that, although he had other high profile suitors, he had decided on coming to the Etihad in a bid to help the club upset the odds a number of months ago.
Navas has played at Sevilla throughout his professional career but now, after ten years with the La Liga club he has decided that he needs a new challenge to take his game to the next level and, despite apparently having the option to remain in Spain, he was convinced that a £23million move to Manchester was his best bet. "We've been talking with Manchester City for four months. The decision is taken,” the 27-year old said. “There had been rumours (about Real Madrid), but Manchester City were in from the start and I had decided some time ago. It's a good project and it was the moment to make the step.”
Navas has made 23 appearances for the Spanish national side including one as an extra-time substitute in the 2010 World Cup final, in addition to this the Winger can also boast two Uefa Cup winners medals, so he is used to the big occasion. Despite this, however, he still feels that the pace of the Premier League will be a step up for him but he is ready for the challenge. "The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast. I'm really looking forward to it. Manchester City are making a great team,” Navas said.
City failed to make it past the group stages of the Champions League last season and finished comfortably behind Manchester United in the Premier League title race. Whilst there is no doubting Navas’ ability the Sky Blues will surely need to strengthen their squad still further if they are to make up for last season and provide a real challenge on either the European or domestic front. If they are able to strengthen, however, then another trophy-less season looks unlikely at the Etihad.