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Manuel Pellegrini spent his first official day as City manager heaping praise on the first two signings of his tenure.

Fernandinho and Jesus Navas both joined the Blues in recent weeks and as Pellegrini draws up plans for the 2013/14 season, he was keen to welcome his pair of new recruits.

“Jesus is a player I know well from La Liga and he is someone I have admired for a long time,” said the Blues’ boss.

“He is quick, has excellent technique and I think the City fans will enjoy watching him play. He will provide a variety of attacking options for us and he can also score goals as well as create them for others. He is an excellent signing for the club.

“Jesus is a world and European champion and a regular squad member in a very special Spain team. 

I’m very happy that he was one of my first signings as Manchester City manager and I think he will excite our supporters.”

...Pellegrini on Navas...


On Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, the City boss was equally fulsome in his praise, believing the summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk will add a new dimension to the Blues’ midfield.

“I made Fernandinho one of the top priorities; he has impressed me on a number of occasions over the past few years and is another player I’ve taken a keen interest in,” he said.


“He is an experienced international who will further strengthen our midfield and I think he will be well suited to the Premier League.

“He is a superb athlete with a wide range of passing, can score goals and most importantly, can quickly turn defence into attack. 

He has ambition and hunger and he is another excellent addition to the current squad.

...Pellegrini on Fernandinho...


“Both Jesus and Fernandinho add pace and skill to what is already a very talented and successful squad.  I am looking forward to working with both our new signings and to working with the players who have already won a Premier League title together.

“We have a very strong pool and together we aim to achieve great things.”

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