Manchester City attacker Nolito has made assertions that City manager Pep Guardiola does not have any faith in his footballing abilities. The Spaniard who arrived at Man City from Celta Vigo last season was made to watch most of the games from the bench as he made just five Premier League appearances from January onwards last season.
This has fuelled speculations that the 30-year-old will leave the Etihad in this summer transfer window, either on a permanent or loan move. His likely destination may be Celta Vigo or Sevilla.
Nolito told El Larguero (via goal):
“From December until the summer, I played very little. All I want to do is play and if I have the chance, I want to leave and return to Spain.
“I want to play and try to be happy and I don’t think Guardiola has any faith in me.
“I think my situation will stretch out until the end of the pre-season and I am not worried if I go to Sevilla, Celta or another team.
“I guess City will want to receive a big fee for me because they paid for me and they will have settled on a price.
“I would like to know as soon as possible but I will have to return there and do pre-season. I will not say the other teams [interested] because I already said two of them.”
When asked which club he would prefer a move to between Celta Vigo and Sevilla, Nolito responded:
“It’s a difficult question, I wouldn’t know what to say.”
“Sincerely, I don’t know what is going to happen. If I had to choose, I would say the decision is too difficult.
“At Celta, I spent some of the best years of my career and I have plenty of friends there. Sevilla is a great club and they play in the Champions League. Each one has pros and cons.
“It’s not an easy topic because you have to see what City says and what City want.”
Nolito managed 4 goals in the Premier League but appeared to be lacking confidence at some point in the season. In recent weeks, he has expressed disappointment on how the season panned out for him in some interview sessions. A departure for the attacker may be the best option for both the club and the player, with the club definitely looking to recoup a significant portion of the transfer fee they paid for his signature.