Spain international Nolito was something of a late bloomer in the game – here are five things you might not know about Man City’s new £13.8m recruit.
A deal for Nolito was confirmed on Friday after he agreed a four-year contract to leave Celta Vigo.
Here, we explore some lesser-known facts about the 29-year-old forward.
1. Nolito, whose real name is Manuel Agudo Duran, made five appearances for City’s new manager Pep Guardiola while they were both at Barcelona in 2010-11.
2. His Spain debut did not come until he was 28, meaning he missed out on their victorious European Championship campaigns of 2008 and 2012, and their triumph at the 2010 World Cup.
3. Nolito is from Sanlucar de Barrameda, a town in the south of Spain, and he was raised by his grandparents.
4. When he chose to join Benfica from Barca in 2011, he had also been offered a new contract to extend his stay at the Nou Camp.
5. In the same way his arrival at City means him reuniting with Guardiola, Yaya Toure, Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano – all once of Barca – when he joined Celta he had been recruited by Luis Enrique, Barca’s present manager. Enrique, a former Barca player, had coached Nolito in Barca’s ‘B’ team.