As part of Jesus Navas’ transfer between the two clubs, Sevilla and Manchester City have lined up two friendlies to play.
Sevilla have released a statement quoting the club’s technical secretary to explain their pride in the sale and the extra incentive of two games against the English club.
“It has been an extraordinary operation. Even though it has been a great deal, they have demonstrated that they wanted him,” explained Victor Orta today.
“It is an impressive operation with two friendly matches against Mancehster City, one there and one here.
“That’s a strong media impact against one of the new clubs that are most powerful in the world. It is all profit.
“In addition, the player has made it clear that he wanted to leave. In that case, you should try to get the best conditions possible and this has been an unquestionable success in trading by the President [Jose Maria del Nido] and [sporting director] Monchi.”
Orta also passed comment on Sevilla’s provisional place in the Europa League for next season. Malaga have seen their appeal against a European ban turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with only Rayo Vallecano’s appeal against a rejected UEFA licence, also through CAS, the only barrier to the Andalucians being guaranteed the spot.
“Entering bankruptcy cannot become good news. If there are standards for all then there can be no imbalances.
“The rules are the rules. It is essential.”