Navas completes City move

11 June 2013 05:46

Manchester City confirmed on Tuesday that Spain winger Jesus Navas has completed his transfer to the English Premier League club from Sevilla.

City revealed in a statement on their official website that the 27-year-old had completed a medical in New York, where he is currently on international duty with Spain.

Navas will play for Spain at this month's Confederations Cup in Brazil and will join up with his new team-mates in time for pre-season training.

Sevilla confirmed last week that they had agreed a deal with City for the World Cup-winning winner, and reports in the United Kingdom indicate that the Spanish side will receive an initial fee of £14.9million ($23.2m, 17.5 million euros).

"Manchester City is an exciting project and this is the right moment for me to take this step. I'm very happy with the opportunity and the decision," Navas told City's website.

"The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast and will suit the way I play. I'm really looking forward to it.

"City have been successful in recent years and are continuing to make a great team and I'm honoured to now be part of it.

"I'm going to a great club in England and I want to continue developing my game there.

"The club has put a lot of faith in me and I want to repay them out on the pitch."

Navas' arrival takes City's summer spending to close to £45 million following the capture of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

The news is likely to be followed by confirmation that Manuel Pellegrini is to take over as manager.

The 59-year-old Chilean's appointment has been expected since he left Malaga last week and, despite the perceived delay, is still thought to be a formality.

Navas has spent his entire career to date with Sevilla and has twice won the UEFA Cup.

Source: AFP