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Manchester City have announced the signing of Spanish winger Nolito from Celta Vigo for a £14 million transfer fee.
Nolito has signed a 4-year deal with the Citizens after they triggered his release clause of £13.8 million. The Spanish winger becomes Manchester City’s third signing this summer, following the transfers of Ilkay Gundogan and Aaron Mooy. He will be wearing the No. 9 shirt in his debut season.
A statement from the player was uploaded on the club’s official website. He said:
“I’ll try to bring as much as I possibly can. I’ll do everything that the manager asks of me, try my absolute best and do everything I can to try to repeat the form I’ve shown throughout my career at various clubs.
“It’s just about trying to play my normal game and let’s hope that I can help Manchester City to win games.
“I think that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.”
The Spaniard is not a new face to the Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, as the couple met during Guardiola’s reign at Barcelona. It was actually Pep who handed Nolito his first team chance at Barcelona – an event that Nolito discussed:
“I’m very fortunate that it was he who handed me my debut at Barcelona. I know him a little, I was with him for a short while whenever he got me to train with the first team or included me in the playing squad.”
Nolito has been representing his national side at the Euro 2016, and has played all the group matches. He also featured in Spain’s defeat against Italy in the round of 16.
His former club, Celta Vigo, announced the departure of Nolito, and wished him the best of luck at his new club:
“Celta thank Nolito for his commitment, professionalism, and total effort during the three seasons he defended the blue jersey,” read the Celta statement.