Despite being a popular figure among fans at the Etihad Stadium, Alvaro Negredo was allowed to leave Manchester City after just one season, and the man known as 'The Beast' has hit out at the treatment he received during his brief stay.
It's perhaps harsh to label a man who won Premier League gold in his first season in England a flop, but Negredo only lasted one year on these shores before being shipped out, and the striker has been left with a bitter taste in his mouth.
Having arrived from Sevilla last summer, Negredo scored 23 goals in all competitions, including a treble against CSKA Moscow which made him the first ever City player to net a Champions League hat-trick.
However, he was shown the Etihad exit door on deadline day this summer, sealing a
season-long loan deal at Valencia which will become permanent at the end of the campaign.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, cited by the Manchester Evening News, Negredo describes how a lack of faith from his manager forced the move.
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The Spaniard said: "I told him that I wanted to return to Spain and that I wanted to have
more confidence because I knew that with him I'd never feel it no matter how many times he told me I would."
"I forced myself for the good of the team. Then they don't appreciate your efforts and take away their support" - Alvaro Negredo
Despite feeling like he didn't have the managers backing, Negredo made an impact on the City faithful, who would often scream the word 'beast' whenever the burly forward was involved.
However, after a bright start to the season, Negredo's season faded after an injury that he'd tried to play on with, a commitment he felt was undervalued.
"I started well with a lot of confidence. Then I picked up an injury to my shoulder. I made a mistake in not stopping there. I forced myself for the good of the team. Then they don't appreciate your efforts and take away their support," he said.
Negredo's criticism may come as a shock to Pellegrini, who had previously described the deadline day deal as being in the best interest of both the player and Manchester City.
"For him also it was very important he wanted to go back to Spain so I thought it was the best decision for all the club" - Manuel Pellegrini
Pellegrini explained: "The decision to allow Negredo to go out was two very important
reasons. The first was that we have a restriction about the number of players we can use in the Champions League.
“We had one player more, (and) we could not use Alvaro, who was injured, so he was the player who was not going to be on the list.
"For him also it was very important he wanted to go back to Spain so I thought it was the best decision for all the club.
"Alvaro wanted to go, that’s why I allowed him to go because adding the two things – that he couldn’t play Champions League, that he was injured – it was good for himself and for the club and he wanted to go to Spain."
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