New arrival looks to hit the ground running.
Manchester City new boy Alvaro Negredo is looking to show the club’s fans exactly why he is nicknamed ‘the beast’ this season, the Mirror reports.
The club’s new £16.5 million signing turned down a lucrative move to fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid in order to join City this summer and believes that his tenacity and natural instinct to find goals will stand him in good stead to make an impact in the Premier League this season.
Negredo, nicknamed the Beast of Vallecas in honour of the working-class district of Madrid where he was born, enjoyed another fine season with Sevilla last term, and is now looking to translate those goals from Spanish into English.
“It makes me laugh when they call me the Beast,” said Negredo.
“But, yes, I think I am a strong player, who can fight and be physical.
“I think I have some qualities that will suit the Premier League. I think my style suits the game in England, but I also like to believe that I have good technical ability as well.
“It was my team-mates who first started calling me the Beast of Vallecas. But it became so popular that the media in Spain also started to use the nickname as well.
“I think I can be both the physical and technical. There are some matches where the physical approach is important and other games where you can show off your skill.
“I like to think I am a player with many qualities. I have a strong all-round game. I am not just a goalscorer, I think I also work hard for the team and play my part in the game.”
The Spanish international also spelled out the influence Manuel Pellegrini had in making his decision to swap the shores of Spain for northern England by saying; “Mr Pellegrini is known in Spain for the attractive style of his football.
“Whether he was at Villarreal, Real Madrid or Mallaga, his teams always played dynamic, attacking football, with style, and I am sure that is why Manchester City wanted him.
“I am also sure it will be even better at City because of the quality of players he now has to work with.
“The squad is so talented here that there is only one option: to attack.”