Valencia Club de Fútbol have reached an agreement with Manchester City Football Club for the acquisition of Spanish international Álvaro Negredo, on a loan deal with an obligatory purchase clause. Recognised as one of the top strikers in European football, Negredo will be officially presented as a Valencia CF player at Mestalla on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 8pm. The club invite all Valencianistas to attend the presentation, in which the new signing will get to know his new home ground and see the fantastic support that will be spurring the side on this season.
Born in Madrid and with Valencian family members, Negredo began his professional career at Rayo Vallecano in both the ‘B’ team and first team squads, before signing for Real Madrid in 2005. Two years later, thanks to his excellent performances for the club’s second team, Castilla, he was included in the senior squad for various games under manager Fabio Capello. He moved to UD Almería in 2007/08, where he would play for two seasons and score 31 goals in 73 games. Real Madrid exercised their buy-back option on Negredo in 2009, but a club record offer from Sevilla FC eventually took him to Southern Spain that same summer.
Over the course of four seasons at Sevilla FC, Negredo racked up 85 goals from 180 games –a spectacular figure which led to a call up to the Spanish national team. As part of ‘La Roja,’ the striker won the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, and to date he has 21 caps for Spain and 10 goals.
Last season saw Negredo play abroad in England, at Manchester City. The now 29 year-old marksman scored an impressive 23 goals from 49 official appearances for the Blues in 2013/14, helping the team to a Premier League and Capital One Cup domestic double. A fan favourite at the Etihad, his goals-per-game ratio was a very high 0.47.
A look at Álvaro Negredo’s stats demonstrates his enormous attacking prowess. In total he has played 306 official games, including La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Supercopa fixtures, scoring 161 times. Valencia CF are delighted to have signed a world-class striker to add to the all-Spanish frontline of Rodrigo and Paco Alcácer –an attacking trio full of alternatives, versatility and potential.
Valencia CF wish to express their happiness with the signing and repeat the invitation to all Valencianistas to welcome Álvaro Negredo to Mestalla on Tuesday at 8pm.
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