New Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has revealed he snubbed a move to Arsenal three years ago before completing his move to England last month.
The talented Spaniard has been at Sevilla his entire career, graduating from their academy. His talent has not gone unnoticed in Europe but homesickness has seen him shy away from a move away from his native Seville, which has even disrupted his plans with the national side.
However, he feels more comfortable to venture out and is happy with his decision to join Manchester City, although he could have been a Gooner before now.
“When Arsenal came in it was the year when Sevilla won the Spanish Cup.”
“I was still winning things and achieving things at Sevilla and therefore it wasn’t the right time to move but we haven’t won anything for two or three years and I feel now is the right time to move on.”
Manuel Pellegrini has been a long-term admirer of the winger and secured his signing shortly after taking the vacant job at Manchester City. Navas’ arrival in Manchester will be helped by the signing of Alvaro Negredo, who played with the midfielder at Sevilla last season.
“Obviously I know him well. He scores lot of goals. I’m very pleased to see him following me to City.”
“It’s going to make the transition easier – not only do we have a good relationship on the pitch, we have a good one off it. We have played together so we know each other’s game very well.”
Navas’ move to City comes in a summer where Arsenal have struggled to show their authority in the transfer market, recruiting only young French striker Yaya Sanogo so far, despite making plenty of moves for more senior players.