Negredo aiming to repay fans' support
- 01 May 2014 09:21
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Alvaro Negredo has vowed to repay City fans’ faith in the title run-in.
The race for the Premier League crown has taken another twist in the last few days, and Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now back in control of their own fortunes with just three games left to play.
The Blues face a tough test when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday, but Negredo has revealed he is fighting fit and determined to make an impact in the remaining fixtures as City look to claim a second title in three years.
The striker has won the hearts of Blues supporters since making the switch from Sevilla in the summer, and is now keen to show his appreciation to those who immediately embraced him and his old nickname of the Beast of Vallecas.
Negredo declared: "The fans have been great with me since the start. The first time my dad was at the game he heard this and thought 'why are they booing my boy?'
"Fortunately my wife was in the stand and she was able to explain to him that it's a way of appreciating me and it’s a chant that represents my strength and bravery. I have been delighted with the way the fans accepted me from the moment I arrived.
"I will be fighting hard to return their support and I appreciate how much they have supported me.”
After arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Negredo found his game time limited, but forced his way into the starting XI to form a deadly partnership with Sergio Aguero.
The Spaniard has struggled with injury in the second half of the campaign, but has now returned to full fitness and is ready to fight for his place in Pellegrini’s competitive forward line.
"I settled in right from the word go although initially my time on the pitch was limited. But I continued to work hard and when I got the chance I started to score goals,” said Negredo.
"I was able to bring something to the party in terms of my performances. I then picked up a shoulder injury which affected things. We were struggling up front suffering from injuries and needed all the support we could get.
"I was playing games when I wasn't fully fit - but things have turned around now and I am fit again. I am not featuring as regularly as before.
"I turned it around earlier in the season so I have got to have the same mentality to turn things around once again."
"I did that by working hard on the training field and scoring goals when I got my chance. Hopefully that's what will happen again. It's just a case of working as hard as I can to get as many minutes on the pitch as possible to repay their faith in me."
Negredo is also hoping his strong displays in a City shirt will convince Spain boss, Vincente Del Bosque, that he deserves a place on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup.
The 28-year-old made his international debut in 2009 but missed out on a place in the squad that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in South Africa the following year.
Undeterred, Negredo continued his efforts to impress, and now has 10 goals in 21 appearances for his country – numbers he hopes will persuade Del Bosque he deserves a coveted spot in the squad for the 2014 showpiece.
He revealed: "It's my dream to be involved in the World Cup - it would be great and is something I am fighting for.
"Not playing regularly here means the national manager has not seen much of me - but I won't give up. Quite the contrary - I am full of optimism.
"I believe he will still have confidence in me.
"I will carry on working hard in training and score as many goals as possible."
"It's about carrying on with the same dynamic that served me so well earlier in the season."