Nolito wants out of Eti­had ‘cave‘

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MADRID: Manch­ester City’s Span­ish striker Nolito says he is on the verge of quit­ting his English ad­ven­ture af­ter just one sea­son.

The for­mer Celta Vigo for­ward’s spell at the Eti­had Sta­dium got off to a pos­i­tive start as the side, coached by Pep Guardiola, won their first 10 games of the sea­son with Nolito one of their stand­out per­form­ers. But as the sea­son pro­gressed, City’s per­for­mances dropped off and so did those of the striker.

Nolito ended up out of the team and has also lost his place in the Span­ish na­tional squad. As he con­fessed on the Span­ish ra­dio show ‘El Tran­sis­tor,’ he has failed to adapt to life in the UK. “I want to leave,” ad­mit­ted the striker.

“I have learned very lit­tle English; it’s re­ally dif­fi­cult, all I learned was “to­mor­row, good morn­ing, good af­ter­noon” and very lit­tle else. Mean­while my daugh­ter has come home with a re­ally bad colour to her face and it looks as if she has been liv­ing in a cave,” he said, in a ref­er­ence to Manch­ester’s cloudy cli­mate.

Al­though Nolito said he didn’t blame Guardiola for his prob­lems, he ad­mit­ted that he didn’t think “City are count­ing on me, given the small amount I have played since Jan­uary.”

“I have a con­tract and City are in charge, but I would like to leave,” ad­mit­ted the striker, who was pho­tographed on Tuesday speak­ing with Sevilla’s Di­rec­tor of Sport, Os­car Arias.

“I was in Sevilla by chance to buy some clothes for my wife. I was hav­ing a cof­fee and I bumped into him by chance .... later I also met the Sevilla pres­i­dent, but for­tu­nately there were no pho­tog­ra­phers there,” ex­plained Nolito. – Xin­hau

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