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By ESPN Staff
Dec 1, 2009

Struggling Negredo remains positive ahead of WC

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is not letting his poor recent form in front of goal get him down, even though an extended barren spell could potentially damage his hopes of going to the World Cup next summer.

Negredo has notched just three goals for Sevilla since joining the club from Real Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of 15 million euros, and the most recent of those efforts came over a month ago.

That form is in stark contrast to last season, when the 24-year-old stuck 19 times in the Primera Division for an Almeria side who only scored 45 goals in total, but the striker insists he is staying positive.

"Obviously I'm not comfortable when I don't score, because that's my job, but I'm not nervous or affected by it," he said. "These are spells that you go through.

"I feel happy and confident. My mission is to score goals, but the principal objective is that the team wins. I signed for Sevilla to continue setting my goals high. I knew that I was coming to a club with extraordinary expectations and great strikers."

Negredo last month earned his first call-up to the Spain squad for the European Champions' final two World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina after David Villa and Fernando Llorente were ruled out through injuries.

After making a quiet debut as a second-half replacement against Armenia, Negredo started the Bosnia-Herzegovina match and netted twice and set up another two in a 5-2 win that ensured Spain would finish their qualifying campaign with 10 wins out of 10.

Negredo admitted after that match that he needed to continue doing well for Sevilla to force his way into Vicente del Bosque's squad for next year's World Cup, but the Madrid-born forward is currently only thinking about the present.

"I'm not thinking about Madrid or of the World Cup," he said. "The best recipe for success is to treat the situation with normality."

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