Manchester City’s latest signing, Nolito, has revealed why he turned down a move to Barcelona in order to join Pep Guardiola in England.
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The former Celta forward was offered a contract by the Catalans while he was still deciding on his next move. But, the Spaniard opted for a switch to England, as he preferred a change in the environment, as well as the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola.
Nolito completed his move to Manchester City a few weeks ago, after the Citizens activated his buyout clause of £13.8 million. The attacker signed a four-year deal with City, thereby reuniting with his former manager.
The 29-year-old played under Pep Guardiola’s management between the years of 2008 and 2011. However, the Spanish international only managed to get five senior games under Pep.
Barcelona are believed to have been in the race for Nolito’s signature, but the player opted for the City move.
The Chinese press asked Nolito if it was an easy decision between Barcelona and Manchester City, to which he replied:
“Yes, it’s something I spoke about with my family and my management. I thought it was the best decision for me and my career.
“I wish Barcelona all the best and I am very proud of their interest. I have been lucky to play with Messi a bit, but what I want in life is to enjoy my football and be happy.
“I have come to the Premier League to play with City and under Pep Guardiola, who will play me in the first-team. I’m very happy with the decision I took.”
Nolito also stated that he is looking forward to create a partnership with Sergio Aguero. He also drew up comparisons between Sergio, and his former teammate, Lionel Messi.
“They’re different. I think that Messi can play in several areas of the pitch but Aguero is a killer.”