City confirm Navas capture

Manchester City have today confirmed the signing of Jesus Navas from Sevilla, ending the player’s 10-year spell with his hometown club.

Although confirmation has come through on Tuesday evening, the winger was widely believed to have agreed last week to the switch, which is said to be worth between €23m and €28m to Sevilla.

“Manchester City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Jesus Navas from Sevilla,” read a statement on City’s official website.

“The 27-year-old right winger has completed a medical in New York and will meet up with the Blues squad after the Confederations Cup and a short holiday.

“Navas has so far won 23 caps for Spain, helping his country to win the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships two years later.

“At club level he made 393 appearances for Sevilla scoring 34 goals over the past nine seasons and has won six major trophies.

“Jesus met with recently appointed New York City FC Director of Football Claudio Reyna in the Big Apple where Navas was presented with his new colours.”

The club’s statement on their new signing also included words from the player.

“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,” commented Navas, who is in New York with the Spain squad preparing for tonight’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland.

“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.”

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