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17 Jul 2013 20:01:53

Negredo relishing City switch

Spain striker Alvaro Negredo is looking forward to taking his career to the next stage by joining Manchester City.

Sevilla announced Negredo would join City, pending a medical, and held a "farewell" press conference for their star striker on Wednesday evening.

Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season and whose transfer will cost a reported 23 million euros (£20million), said on the club's official website: "I think in football there are stages. For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was here over.

"I am happy to go to a big team."

The 27-year-old paid an emotional tribute to Sevilla for "four fantastic years" and added: "For me this will be my home for a lifetime."

But he revealed he was relishing the chance to link up again with Jesus Navas, who has already moved to the Etihad from the Andalucian club.

He said: "I am happy to be spending another year with him."

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido earlier revealed Negredo would sign the "contract of his life" at City.

He said: "Manchester City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga. This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold (now-Barcelona full-back) Daniel Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life.

"Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.''


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