Nolito has admitted he has found it hard to settle into life in Manchester – and admits he wants to leave City this summer.
The 30-year-old joined City from Celta Vigo in a £13.8million deal in July, but after a promising start, the forward struggled for opportunities and rarely featured in Pep Guardiola’s side.
Now Nolito has told Spanish radio station El Transisto that he wants to leave the club in order to give himself the best chance of qualifying for Spain’s World Cup squad.
“I am under the contract, so the club will decide, but I want to leave. I haven’t played in six months. I will do everything possible to make Spain’s World Cup squad,” he said.
“I have learnt very, very little English – it’s very hard. Just ‘tomorrow’, ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and a little more.
“My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave.”
The winger was spotted in a Seville ice cream parlour with Sevilla sporting director Oscar Arias, prompting rumours of a move.
“I was just casually shopping for clothes for my wife in Seville,” he said.
“I went to get a coffee and bumped into Sevilla’s director of football casually.”
Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the possibility of taking Nolito on a season-long loan deal.