Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has urged the club’s supporters to hail him as ‘the Beast’.
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Negredo, 28, who signed for City from Sevilla in the summer for £20 million, was branded ‘the Beast of Vallecas’ in his homeland of Spain.
And after setting up two goals in the 4-1 Manchester derby win on Sunday, he hopes it is not long until his new club's supporters refer to him using the same nickname.
“It's a nickname I like. It was given to me while I was playing in Spain so I hope they can call me that over here as well,” Negredo told the Manchester Evening News.
"Hopefully the way I played against United will convince them to do it. I will be happy if they do.
"I always enjoy a physical battle. As long as opponents play fair it's not a problem to me because I'm always ready for the challenge."
Negredo, who has scored twice in his brief City career, enjoyed his first taste of the Manchester derby.
He added: “It was a very beautiful day for this club -- we were very happy and it will give us a lot of confidence going forward into the next Premier League games.”