Negredo Open to Premier League Switch
March 22, 2013
In-demand Sevilla striker, Alvaro Negredo, has reiterated his desire to play in the Premier League in the future.
The 27-year-old, who played for Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid B, and Almeria before joining Sevilla in the summer of 2009, had reportedly been on the verge of moving to England in January when Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea were all believed to be chasing his signature.
Although a transfer did not materialise then, Negredo is adamant that he will play in the Premier League one day.
He said to La Liga betting pundits: “I’ve always said it and I’ve never tried to keep it hidden. The Premier League is a league that I like. I don’t know if it’s now, maybe a bit later, or tomorrow, but I will play there.”
Negredo has already scored 15 goals in La Liga this season, making him the highest scoring Spaniard in the league, and in total has found the net 60 times in 129 appearances for Sevilla.
Meanwhile, club president, Jose Maria Del Nido, has criticised Barcelona’s policy of signing promising young players from other La Liga sides.
FIFA recently banned six of Barcelona’s youth players as their moves to the Catalan club from various other countries were against official regulations.
Lee Seung Woo, Paik Seung-Ho and Jang Gyeolhee (South Korea), Theo Chendri (France), Patrice Sousia (Cameroon) and Bobby Adekanye (Nigeria-Netherlands) are currently training with their respective underage teams at Barcelona but are unable to play in competitive games.
Del Nido is happy that FIFA have taken such action, saying to a La Liga preview: “Sevilla has 27 football teams and we have had to safeguard our youth players to avoid them leaving, principally for Barcelona.
“Last year Barcelona took a player from our youth system who was only 11, along with his brother of 14.”