"I am very proud of Barcelona’s interest"
Nolito is one of the players for whom Barça went on the summer transfer market. The forward, however, eventually decided to sign for Manchester City. In statements to the Guardian, Nolito revealed that Guardiola's presence was one of the reasons why he chose Manchester City.
- "I enjoyed working with him in Barcelona even though it wasn’t much time. It’s a reason for me to come here but not the only one."
Nolito and Guardiola were together in FC Barcelona's first team in the 2010/11 season. However, Nolito knew that he would have had a secundary role in Barça:
- "It’s something I spoke about with my family and my management. I thought it was the best decision for me and my career."
- "City have a great team, it’s a great project; I will try to help this club achieve great things.
Nolito also sent a message to the Blaugranas:
- "I wish Barcelona all the best. I am very proud of Barcelona’s interest, but now I am here and I think I made the best decision to come here."