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Nolito: I Was Close To Barcelona Return Before I Joined City

Nolito has made it known he was close to rejoining Barcelona before he signed for Manchester City.

The former Celta Vigo striker was close to signing again for Barcelona five years after leaving the club, but joined the EPL club instead.

And Nolito admitted it was a move that almost came to fruition before City paid his €18 million buyout close to Celta.

“I was close to Barcelona,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “But in the end I decided to go to Manchester City.

“I think it was the best decision for me and my family and I am happy to play for City.”

Nolito’s move meant he once again linked up with Guardiola, who sanctioned his sale to Benfica when the Spaniard was Barca coach.

“[Our relationship is] good, pretty good, I’m not complaining,” he added.

“It’s a privilege for me to work with him and I try to learn every day and take advantage of the opportunities he is giving me.”

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