Jesus Navas completes City switch
- 11 June 2013 17:45
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Manchester City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Jesus Navas from Sevilla.
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.
Speaking of his move, Navas said: “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.
“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.”
The 27-year-old can boast an extensive medal collection, winning two UEFA Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, two Copa Del Rey titles and the Spanish Super Cup during his time at Sevilla.
He also has World Cup and European Championship medals with Spain.
After joining Sevilla’s youth system at the age of 15, he was handed his senior debut just two years later – coming off the bench against Espanyol in November 2003.
A sprinkling of first team appearances followed that season, alongside a regular place for Seville B in Spain’s third tier.
Boss Joaquin Caparros had seen enough and the youngster earned a promotion to the first team the following season.
Clubs across Europe were finally alerted to his talents during the UEFA Cup campaign of 2006, when the winger played in all 12 of Sevilla’s matches on the road to lifting the trophy.
Navas will also bring his Champions League experience to the Etihad Stadium, enjoying a season in the competition in 2009, when he scored twice and recorded three assists in just eight appearances.
City supporters will have their first opportunity to watch the Club’s newest recruit in action alongside new teammate David Silva when Spain take on Ireland at the Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.
He is City’s second summer signing after Fernandinho completed his transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk last week.