Spain forward Nolito flattered by Manchester City link

Date published: Monday 27th June 2016 11:45

Nolito: Forward has impressed for Spain at Euro 2016

Spain forward Nolito has welcomed reports linking him with a move to Barcelona or Manchester City.

Nolito is understood to have been tracked by Barcelona since the last transfer window after an impressive campaign for Celta Vigo in which he scored 13 goals and added eight assists in all competitions.

However, Pep Guardiola is also said to be interested in the 29-year-old, and believes he can beat Barcelona to the signing with the promise of more first-team football.

When asked about such interest, Nolito replied: “It is a matter of pride if two major coaches like Luis Enrique and Guardiola notice you and are interested.

“I am lucky that I am being considered, and that strengthens me, but I’m focused on the Euros and nothing else. I have not spoken to either of them.”

Nolito has impressed for Spain at Euro 2016, scoring in the 3-0 victory over Turkey and is set to face Italy in the last-16 clash on Monday evening.

His future will be decided after the tournament, and when asked by Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia whether Barcelona may not want to wait much longer, he replied: “I’m here enjoying this like a child, and not thinking about it. If Barcelona buy another striker, I have no problem, congratulations to them.”

Nolito has been somewhat of a late bloomer, having not received his first international call-up until 18 months ago, and he still believes he is yet to reach his peak.

“I do not want to be a fad,” he said. “I try to improve every day because the thinking that has led me here is the the best is always yet to come.”

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