English Premiership

Coach lost faith in me - Negredo

2015-05-04 09:37
Alvaro Negrado (Supplied)

Cape Town - Alvaro Negredo insists his departure from Manchester City had nothing to do with being "homesick" but rather that he had fallen out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini.

The former Sevilla striker returned to his homeland at the start of the season when he joined Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia on a year-long loan from the English Premier League champions.

Negredo helped Pellegrini's side reclaim the domestic league title as well as steering them to the Capital One Cup trophy with his 23 goals in 48 appearances.

But his debut campaign ended in disappointment as the Spain international failed to score in his final 16 games, which saw Edin Dzeko displace him up front for the remainder of 2013/14.

Negredo is adamant he left the Etihad Stadium because he felt he no longer had the confidence of Pellegrini, denying that he was unsettled at the club.

"There are things you miss when you leave your country but the main reason I left is because the manager lost faith in me," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"Around February, I had an injury to my shoulder. I didn't stop to rest it. I was playing in a huge amount of pain.

"Kun [Sergio Aguero] was injured and Stevan Jovetic had problems, so I felt I had to play. We had huge games against Chelsea and Barcelona.

"I didn't play well and the manager started to play Edin Dzeko. I don't feel I ever regained his trust."

Negredo added: "I was not homesick. I was very happy in Manchester and on a personal level. It is a different way of life but it is not an excuse.

"I made an effort to learn English, the manager spoke English in the dressing room and I could understand most of it by the end of the season. It is not a reason to say my family wasn't happy."

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