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Jovetic reveals he chose City over Real

5 February 2014 09:47

Stevan Jovetic says he turned down a move to Real Madrid in favour of joining Manchester City last year.

Jovetic moved to the Etihad Stadium from Fiorentina ahead of the 2013-14 season, and initially struggled to make an impact as he was hindered by injuries.

The 24-year-old has played more of a part of late, though, featuring in all of City's last four games and scoring his first Premier League goal in the 5-1 rout of Tottenham Hotspur last week.

With fellow striker Sergio Aguero out injured with a hamstring problem, Jovetic looks set to enjoy increased opportunities in the coming weeks, and the Montenegrin revealed that he felt City was the right option for him - despite interest from La Liga giants Real.

"There was also Real Madrid, but I chose City," he told beINSport.

"I decided to come here because this is a major project with many players. I should have come here the year before, but I had a nice season with (Vincenzo) Montella and Fiorentina."

City are still chasing success on four fronts this season, and Jovetic hopes he can now put his challenging start behind him as he looks to help his team-mates in the quest for silverware.

"Surely these four to five months at the beginning were difficult because I was not playing," the 24-year-old added.

"Then I often got injured, but not it is all behind me.

"I never doubted myself, even in the most difficult moments. I knew I could play in this team and now I have to prove it."

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