Will League Two side's latest recruit help Manchester City see magic in 2013-14?

Jesus Navas playing for Sevilla

Bury have signed Marco Navas, the older brother of Manchester City star Jesus Navas.

Manchester City’s first piece of big business this summer saw Jesus Navas of Spain and Sevilla, long one of the Premier League’s most consistent targets, leave his boyhood club for a new challenge.

The £17 million singing had certainly had the opportunity to leave Sevilla before, so why now, at 27-years-old did he decide to leave.

The reason he stayed in Spain so long is already well documented.

Born in Los Palacios, just outside of Seville, Navas has always had trouble escaping from his home turf.

In 2006 he turned down a move to Chelsea citing homesickness and to many, that didn’t seem a big issue at the time. He was just 20-years-old and perhaps this is simply a case of waiting till he was a little older to make the move abroad.

But his fear of leaving his Andalusian home was much deeper than a case of the yucks at a move to West London.

Navas once retired from international football when he first made his way into the Spanish squad. The severe panic attacks that accompanied his homesickness were debilitating.He was even reported to go into seizure, such was the severity of his problem.

But, at 27-years-old he feels he is finally ready to take this step. Age and maturity can do wonders for a person, and Navas has now travelled to a World Cup in South Africa, and stuck around from day one to the final - and he did the same in Ukraine/Poland last summer and Brazil this.

He cites his new family, his wife and child as support in his battle against homesickness, but it could be a League Two signing for a club who faced ‘oblivion’ just over two months ago.

Bury FC were almost wound up at the end of May due to mounting debts, but were saved by a takeover from Stewart Day.

Now they want to earn promotion from the bottom rung of the Football League, and have snapped up a player who will hopefully help.

Free transfer signing Marco Navas can play both at right-back and right-midfield, and has been signed after his release by Recreativo de Huelva this summer.

Marco is the brother of Jesus, and will now be an extra source of support in the Greater Manchester area - should the Manchester City player ever struggle to cope with his new surroundings.

It is a shrewd move for Bury, and one that will hopefully help City witness some wing wizardry this season from a content Jesus Navas.

Will the presence of his older brother help Jesus Navas settle this season?

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