Alvaro Negredo’s career began in the city of his birth, Madrid. He signed his first contract with Rayo Vallencano in 2004, where he would make his professional debut.
After less than a full season with Rayo’s first team, in 2005, Negredo was snapped uo by Spanish giants Real Madrid, and played for the Los Blancos 'B' squad.
His two years with Real Madrid B were quite successful; he managed to score 22 goals in 65 appearances. Unfortunately, he was never able to make a league appearance for the first team (only a few games in the Copa del Rey).
But, his success did not go unnoticed, and newly promoted UD Alemeria were very interested. In 2007, they were able to buy his services for a fee around €3 million.
Again the physical Spanish striker was successful. From 2007-2009 Negredo netted 32 goals in 70 league appearances, a very clinical record. After a good two years with Almeria, Negredo would be brought back by Real Madrid, but sold again that same summer to Sevilla for €15 million.
The move to Sevilla was what he needed to boost him to league wide stardom. Upon first arriving at the club, Negredo faced competition for the starting job from popular Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, but would soon claim it for himself.
At Sevilla, he really became known for his finishing inside the box, where the majority of his 85 total goals (in 180 appearances) were scored. He also finished last season 4th on La Liga’s goal charts scoring 25 (only behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Radamel Falcao).
This past summer the Spanish international generated a lot of buzz. City would win the battle for Negredo's signature, and purchase him from Los Rojiblancos in a deal worth about £22 million.
Now at Manchester City, Negredo will need to consistently play well in order to get first team minutes. He does face stiff competition, mostly from Bosnian Edin Dzeko. Both Negredo and Dzeko play the same role - they are both strong players and good finishers, but I think Negredo has the edge in the pace category which might just win him the job.
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