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NBA star Serge Ibaka visits Manchester City stadium

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While Manchester City's summer spending spree has brought the likes of Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo to the North West of England, it was a different Spaniard who was recently visiting the Etihad Stadium.

And at 6ft 10in tall, NBA star Serge Ibaka is certainly an imposing figure who could also strike fear into Premier League defenders. But for now it seems that he will leave football to the professionals.

"I've played a bit of soccer, it is a great game. I think I'd be a striker but I know City have already got a good number 9 and he's Spanish too so I'll leave the goalscoring to him," joked the power forward.

The Oklahoma City Thunder player was over in Manchester a few months before he and his team play the Philadelphia 76ers at the Manchester Arena in October, and he took the opportunity to visit the home of the Sky Blues.

He later described his visit: "It was great to have a look around the Etihad, it is a fantastic stadium and City's locker room is amazing.

"I haven't watched a lot of City but to hear about the title-win was inspiring. In the NBA we have buzzer beaters but to win a title with two goals in just a few minutes must have been an incredible feeling."

Despite not having a great knowledge of the Premier League, Ibaka did imply an interest in La Liga, by adding: "My favourite player is Yaya Toure. He played for Barcelona while I was out there and he's a fantastic player, it's always good to see him do well."

 

Ibaka will be back in Manchester later this year for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Manchester Arena as part of NBA Global Games 2013 on October 8th.

 

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