Manchester City striker says team must forget derby win

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Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has warned that his side must move on from their Manchester derby win ahead of facing Aston Villa this weekend.

Negredo played a key part in two goals in last Sunday's 4-1 win over City's local rivals and has has scored twice and set up three goals in his first seven games for the club.

The former Sevilla forward arrived at the Etihad over the summer for £16 million and is anticipating a tough test away at Villa on Saturday.

"Derby day was a very beautiful day for this club, we were very happy and it will give us a lot of confidence going forward but we have to put that to one side and concentrate on Aston Villa now,” the 28-year old said.

“Villa are a good team with lots of talented, young players and we will have to play at the same level we showed against United and Wigan if we are going to take the three points.

"But we are confident in our own abilities - we're doing fine, playing well and now the goal is to continue playing in this way.

"We have new players from all over Europe, but I have played with Navas for a long time and we know each other very well, Fernandinho is a player of immense quality.

"Jovetic has been affected by injuries he is going to be a phenomenal player for the club – he gave a glimpse of this with goals against Wigan. My feeling is that the quality here is very good."

At Sevilla, Negredo was tagged the ‘The Beast of Vallecas’ because of the working class district of Madrid in which he was brought up and that nickname is starting to surface in England.

And the Spaniard is hoping that his performances will prompt Sky Blues fans to use the nickname in the stands.

"It's a nickname I like,” Negredo said.

"Hopefully the way I played against United will convince them to do it (use the name).

"Whether I score is not nearly as important as making sure the team wins. I'm absolutely delighted we could do that, but now we have to keep on working.

“It’s the success of the team that's the most important thing.”

And Negredo also said that he feels at home in the Premier League feeling that he fits well into the English game.

"I was very happy in Seville but I'm pleased with the move I made," he added.

"I feel good over here and I feel I have adapted well to the English game, I really like it.

"It's just what I was expecting - a lot of coming and going, the players have so much quality that they can keep the ball, you have to run a lot.

"It's very intense. But I am happy, it's to my tastes and hopefully I will keep getting better."


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