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Pellegrini tips Navas, Fernandinho to have a big impact

24 June 2013 19:49

New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted with his club's capture of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho in the off-season.

The Chilean's first official day in charge of City was on Monday and he was quick to sing the praises of the club's two new arrivals.

Winger Navas and midfielder Fernandinho – who arrived from Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively and cost City reportedly more than 50 million pounds – will help City's title push next season, according to Pellegrini, who says he admired both players for some time.

Pellegrini told the club's official website: "Jesus is a player I know well from La Liga and he is someone I have admired for a long time.

"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."

Fernandinho, 28, will add steel to City's midfield and Pellegrini revealed that signing the Brazilian was one of the first things he wanted to get done at the Premier League club.

"I made Fernandinho one of the top priorities," he said.

"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 is an experienced international who will further strengthen our midfield and I think he will be well suited to the Premier League. He has ambition and hunger and he is another excellent addition to the current squad.

"Both Jesus and Fernanindho 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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