The forward has been in great form this season.

Why Nolito should stay at Celta Vigo to further his ambitions

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Manuel Agudo Duran has been tearing it up in La Liga for Celta Vigo this season. Manuel who?

You may know him as 'Nolito'.

The 29-year-old Spaniard is having the season of his life for the Galicians and remains their go-to player on almost every situation.


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As might be expected of someone who honed his skills at Barcelona's La Masia academy, Nolito thrives on the responsibility of being on the ball.

Comfortable in possession and with an eye for goal, the player likes nothing better than getting at his man and working the channels - something he continues to do with great effect.

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On par with the best

In 11 league appearances this season he has already amassed seven goals and four assists and that puts him on par with the very best in the division.

Although Celta were brought down to earth with a bump against Valencia at the weekend - a 5-1 drubbing not on the agenda - Nolito's ambitions are better served at the club rather than a rumoured return to Barca.

It's well known that Luis Enrique would like to bring him back to Camp Nou and be reunited with a player he enjoyed working with during his solitary season as Celta manager.

However, the likelihood is that the best Lucho could offer Nolito is a regular spot on the bench.


Ambition or money?

As good as he is - and boy has he been good this season - he isn't an upgrade on either Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez.

The only way he dislodges any one of the three is via injury or in games that don't really matter, with the greatest of respect to the other teams involved.

Why swap being the best player at Celta, who is guaranteed a start every single week, fitness permitting, for bench warming duties? That isn't ambition. That's taking the money and running. Stealing a living.

It would also short change the superb Celta fans who have backed Nolito and his colleagues to the hilt this season.

Let's not forget that the Galicians are still sat comfortably in the top four, and they look right at home there.

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Eduard Berrizzo has them playing some sparkling stuff as Barcelona themselves will attest to after being on the end of a 4-1 hammering earlier in the campaign - a game incidentally where Nolito was its best player.

Alongside the likes of Iago Aspas, John Guidetti and Fabian Orellana, there's no apparent reason why Nolito can't achieve everything he desires professionally at Celta.

He might get a little more silverware at Barca, but he won't have earned it.

Don't forget that Douglas got medals for Barca's treble last year but played barely three games in all competitions.

In January, everyone will find out where Nolito's true priorities lie. If he heads to Barca, then arguably Celta are better off without him anyway.


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