Manchester City sign Nolito from Celta Vigo

Manchester City have completed the signing of Spain international Nolito from Celta Vigo. The player signed a four-year deal with the Citizens, which will keep him at the club until 2020.

Nolito becomes Manchester City's second summer signing after Ilkay Gundogan.

The 29 year-old have collaborated before with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, though spent much of his time with the Catalans’ B side from 2008 to 2011.

Nolito is a versatile player, able to play as a forward or winger. He began his career with Écija Balompié, playing 76 times between 2006 and 2008.

Nolito played for Barcelona B for three years, scoring 29 goals in 106 appearances before being promoted to the senior team under Guardiola, making five appearances in the 2010/11 campaign.

He didn't received too much chances at Barcelona and he joined Benfica, enjoying two campaigns with the Portuguese giants for whom he scored 16 goals in 63 starts.

In 2013 he joined Celta Vigo on a permanent deal where he spent three seasons, scoring 39 goals in 103 appearances.

Club Period MP G A
Celta Vigo
2013-16 103 39 23

City's new signing told the club's official website:

"I’ll try to bring as much as I possibly can. I’ll do everything that the manager asks of me, try my absolute best and do everything I can to try to repeat the form I’ve shown throughout my career at various clubs."

"It’s just about trying to play my normal game and let’s hope that I can help Manchester City to win games."

"I think that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me."

Nolito was involved in Spain's Euro 2016 action. He scored four goals in two games against Bosnia and South Korea before the Euros and was named in the final 23-man squad as a result.

Nolito started all three of Spain’s Euro 2016 group matches and also the Round of 16 defeat against Italy. He made a total of 13 appearances for Spain scoring 5 goals and setting up 4 other.

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