One man who knows Manuel Pellegrini better than most is Jesus Navas.
Over the past decade the pair have been on opposing sides in numerous La Liga encounters involving Sevilla, Villarreal and Malaga.
Now that they’re on the same team in Manchester, Navas has revealed that he’s looking forward to working under the Chilean.
“Everything I know about him is positive. Every team he coaches plays well, and everyone in the city will support him,” the 27-year old said.
Malaga took four points off Navas’s Sevilla last season leaving City’s new winger in no doubt that more hard work lies ahead if he is to replicate his La Liga successes in England.
“He's important because he will help the team and we all know the importance of a good manager and a good person that we trust,” Navas declared.
“I think [his teams are good] defensively as well.
He clearly knows how to take a team, work hard, and get the most out of us.”
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Navas is Brazil-bound with David Silva for the 2013 Confederations Cup which gets under way for La Roja on Sunday night in Recife against Uruguay.
Jesus is the latest in a long line of Spanish imports into the Premier League and he admits he’s looking forward to locking horns with his compatriots over the course of battle.
“I'm looking forward to playing against the Spanish players that are here. Cazorla, Monreal, Reina, Torres, Mata, and then doing well in such a good league,” he said.
“It's a great league. There are players who are known all over the world playing in the Premier League.”
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