Negredo: La Liga is Madrid and Barca

New Manchester City signing Alvaro Negredo says La Liga is merely a competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Spanish international left Sevilla for the Etihad Stadium last month and, in an interview with AS, attempted to explain why he and so many other Spanish players have departed La Primera in the last few seasons.

“Personally I left because I wanted new challenges, new experiences and to get to know another type of football. I chose England because I thought it was best for me.

“I don’t know other players’ reasons, but I’m sure they will be similar to mine in that they want to improve and grow. Besides, right now La Liga is only about Barcelona and Real Madrid and to win anything you need to play for one of those two teams.

“As a result, you have to move away if you look at it from that point of view. You only have to remember the tremendous campaign Atletico Madrid had last year, yet they eventually ended up so many points behind.

“It’s difficult to attain the same level [as the big two], so in my case I’m very happy with the decision I made and I hope to enjoy it.”

Negredo believes that with fellow Spaniards David Silva, Javi Garcia and Jesus Navas all at City it will make his transition to life in Manchester a lot easier.

“It’s a pleasure to be with these people, who I’ve already been with before at some stage. I know David Silva from our time together with the national team, Javi from Castilla and Jesus from our time at Sevilla.

“It’s a very good group and we help each other with the language,” he admitted, before commenting on the differences between the Spanish and English games.

“In England the games almost always sway backwards and forwards and I was rather surprised, but there is enough quality to take advantage of it and score goals, counter-attack and create chances.

“I like that style of play as I’m in contact with the ball a lot and am closer to goal. I look to shoot as quickly as possible, which is what all strikers like to do.”

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