Manchester City recently allowed striker Alvaro Negredo to leave the club and join Valencia on a season-long loan deal, which is likely to be converted into a permanent move at the end of the season. The move comes just 12 months after the striker came to the Etihad stadium. The forward was a £ 17 million signing from Sevilla, and in the first half of the season, he looked like being one of the best pieces of business made by City. The 29-year-old was part of the attacking line-up that scored goals for fun.
Negredo came up with 23 goals before January amidst talk of several records being broken, but the forward suffered a shoulder injury at a crucial time in the campaign that has effectively ended his City career. After suffering the injury, Negredo went on a run of 16 matches without a goal. Even though he finished the season with a respectable 23 goals from 48 matches in all competitions, the striker never looked like the same player in the second half of the season. City have been pruning the squad during the summer and there has been constant speculation that Negredo would leave the club after just 12 months.
The move finally came on transfer deadline day after Spanish club Valencia signed him on a season-long loan deal. Negredo thanked City for some wonderful memories in the last year.
“Today I say goodbye to a magnificent club. I want to thank the club for helping me become a better footballer and for making me and family feel at home during my time here. About a year ago Manchester City, a club that for always will remain in my heart, gave me the amazing opportunity to play in England. And for me winning the Premier League, the Capital One Cup and scoring 23 goals in a season is a dream come true,” said the striker.