Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo credits Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini as the reason he decided to join Manchester City.
The now City boss had arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 around the same time that Negrado returned to Los Blancos from Almeria after the Spanish giants activated a buy-out clause to bring the frontman back to Madrid.
The problem when playing for a club the size of Madrid is that there are a host of other international players all competing for the same start each week with Pellegrini advising Negrado to join Sevilla.
When the opportunity to team up with Pellegrini at Manchester City presented itself the 28-year-old Negrado said that he did not hesitate.
“He didn’t make me go through the entire pre-season (at Real) in the hope that I might be featuring,” Negredo told the Daily Mail.
“He doesn’t hide from talking to you face to face and that’s what a dressing room wants from a manager. He’s one of the reasons I’m here at City. It was never tough for me meeting up again.”
Since moving to the Etihad in the summer Negrado has scored 20 goals in all competitions with his hustling style being a trademark of his play however the Spaniard does think people often underestimate his skill.
“A lot of people maybe make the mistake of thinking I’m just a big strapping centre forward who is going to be barging into defenders and creating trouble physically,” added Negrado.
“Yes, there is that side to me, but I think I have an extra plus where I do try to show that little bit of invention. I try to surprise people with a touch or something spectacular in a finish.”
City is currently involved in four competitions just one point behind Premiership leaders Arsenal as they take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
“The quadruple is possible simply because we’re still involved in all four competitions,” said Negredo.
“To be totally honest, it would be tough to imagine both myself and the team would be scoring quite as many goals as we have (107 so far).
“But I think there is more to come. As an individual and a team, we’re not going to settle for what we’ve achieved so far.”