Wednesday 21 February 2018

5 things you might not know about Manchester City new boy Nolito

Manchester City's Nolito made his Spain debut at the age of 28
Manchester City's Nolito made his Spain debut at the age of 28

Spain international Nolito was on Friday confirmed as Manchester City's second summer signing after he agreed a four-year contract to leave Celta Vigo.

Here, Press Association Sport explores some lesser-known facts about the 29-year-old forward.

1. Nolito, whose real name is Manuel Agudo Duran, made five appearances for City's new manager Pep Guardiola while they were both at Barcelona in 2010-11.

2. His Spain debut did not come until he was 28, meaning he missed out on their victorious European Championship campaigns of 2008 and 2012, and their triumph at the 2010 World Cup.

3. Nolito is from Sanlucar de Barrameda, a town in the south of Spain, and he was raised by his grandparents.

4. When he chose to join Benfica from Barca in 2011, he had also been offered a new contract to extend his stay at the Nou Camp.

5. In the same way his arrival at City means him reuniting with Guardiola, Yaya Toure, Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano - all once of Barca - when he joined Celta he had been recruited by Luis Enrique, Barca's present manager. Enrique, a former Barca player, had coached Nolito in Barca's 'B' team.

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