Jesus Navas insisted he is enjoying life at Manchester City and is determined to rise to the challenge of earning a regular place in Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
The Spain winger was a summer signing from Sevilla and suffered from homesickness earlier in his career, and since leaving his hometown club for the first time, he has lost his place to Samir Nasri in City’s strongest side.
Navas began City’s first three Premier League games but has only started one of the last eight, and he is determined to force his way back into the side.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “Manchester City does not intimidate me and neither does the squad. In Sevilla I also played big games. I feel an important player for City and I am happy.
“I am a player who demands a lot of myself. I always want to get more. In the last few years at Sevilla we could not get titles and I wanted to grow as a player.
“I was used to winning titles with Sevilla and Spain. I wanted to keep doing it and I had that option with City -- they bet everything for me. I wanted to experience something new. What I got in Seville was unique, but I wanted a new challenge.”
Navas is enjoying playing for Pellegrini, who was another to swap Spain for England in the summer when he left Malaga to join City.
He added: “Pellegrini has welcomed me very well. He is a hard worker, humble and simple. He likes his teams to have the ball and he has had success everywhere.
“I am very impressed with the Premier League rhythm. The games are very direct and the league is very competitive.”