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Navas not worried about adapting

Jesus Navas of Sevilla
The 27-year-old Spanish midfielder will be headed to Manchester City next season.
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Jesus Navas says he has known for "a few months" that he would be joining Manchester City - and he is sure he can adapt to the Premier League.

The Blues have reached an agreement with Navas' current employers Sevilla and are expected to officially announce his arrival in the coming days.

The Spain international - who has tasted World Cup and European Championship glory with his country - says he cannot wait to get started in England.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire career to date in Andalusia, but feels the time is right to embrace a fresh start at a club who have put great faith in his ability.

Navas told El Confidencial: "I want to keep growing as a player.

"Things have been clear for a few months. City made a strong move for me and I knew my time in Sevilla would come to an end.

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"They have shown great interest and I never doubted that I should go to City. It's all been very clear.

"I love the football in the Premier League for its speed and strength. I will know people there like (David) Silva, who has told me great things, so I don't think I will have a problem adapting to the club or the city. I'm sure I can do important things."

On the prospect of working with Manuel Pellegrini, the man poised to inherit the managerial reins at the Etihad Stadium, Navas added: "Everybody knows what Pellegrini brings. Wherever he has been, he has improved the performance of the players he has had. There is no doubting his capacity as a coach.

"But the one factor that made me lean towards City was the club's level of interest. One day I hope I can return to Pizjuan to play a Champions League match. But City loved me, others did not."

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