Striker Alvaro Negredo has claimed that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini did not have enough faith in him last season, leading the 29-year-old to move on loan to Valencia, reports the Manchester
Signed from Sevilla in the summer of 2013, Negredo was one of several big-money signings in the early months of Pellegrini’s tenure. He began his City career in hugely impressive fashion, forging a formidable strike partnership with Sergio Aguero and going on to score 23 goals to help the club to the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup.
However, he ended the campaign in a goal drought, appearing to lack confidence when chances came his way. The Spaniard then suffered an injury in the summer and was eventually sent out on loan to Valencia, for whom he is yet to make debut. Pellegrini insisted at the time that the move was down to Financial Fair Play sanctions, but Negredo has offered a differing account.
“I started well with a lot of confidence,’ he said. Then I picked up an injury to my shoulder. I made a mistake in not stopping there. I forced myself for the good of the team. Then they don’t appreciate your efforts and take away their support.”
On Pellegrini, he added.: “I spoke with him. I told him that I wanted to return to Spain and that I wanted to have more confidence because I knew that with him I’d never feel it no matter how many times he told me I would.”
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