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15 October 1986, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
Joined City
30 June 2016

Hard-working Spain international Nolito became Pep Guardiola's second signing when he joined from Celta Vigo.

The Spain forward joins the Blues from Celta Vigo where he spent three seasons, scoring 39 goals in 103 appearances.

The 29 year-old played for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, though spent much of his time with the Catalans’ B side from 2008 to 2011.

Able to play as a forward or winger, Nolito – real name Manuel Agudo Duran – began his career with Écija Balompié, playing 76 times between 2006 and 2008.

From there he joined Barcelona B who had just been promoted to the second tier of La Liga under Guardiola who left to coach the first team.

Nolito stayed with Barcelona B for three years, scoring 29 goals in 106 appearances before being promoted to the senior team under Guardiola, making five appearances in the 2010/11 campaign.

With first team opportunities restricted and despite being offered a five-year deal, Nolito opted to join Benfica, enjoying two campaigns with the Portuguese giants for whom he scored 16 goals in 63 starts.

Nolito was loaned to Granada for six months during the 2012/13 campaign before joining Celta Vigo on a permanent deal.

Consistently one of Celta Vigo’s best players, he won his first international call-up at any level aged 28, playing in Spain’s 1-0 defeat to Germany.

After making the preliminary squad for Euro 2016, he scored four goals in two games against Bosnia and South Korea and was named in the final 23-man squad as a result.

Nolito started all three of Spain’s Euro 2016 group matches and also the Round of 16 defeat against Italy, scoring one goal and assisting another for La Roja's ultimately unsuccessful defence of their title.

He has enjoyed the best moments of his career on the last few years and approaching 30, he is determined to make up for lost time with the national team, stating in an interview that he aims to enjoy every minute of the experience.

Nolito remains a valuable squad member going into the 2017/18 season.

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