The former Sevilla man believes his club form will be crucial to a World Cup call-up.
Alvaro Negredo has spoken of his frustration and determination to establish himself as Spain’s main striker and the role his season with ManchesterCity could play in cementing a place in the national team setup.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to life in the Premier League with the Citizens, scoring four goals in nine appearances for the club, since arriving from Sevilla over the summer for £16.4 million.
And while he continues to impress for Spain – averaging nearly a goal every two games for Los Roja – he has yet to win the full backing of manager Vicente Del Bosque, who has so far rotated his strikers and experimented with a variety of attacking options.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his place at next summer’s World Cup, with Spain on the brink of qualification, Negredo remains upbeat.
Speaking in an interview with AS.com published earlier today, he remained philosophical.
“There is a huge competition and every game coach looking for the best selection. So you have to try to give the best every time you get a chance,” he said.
“but everything can be improved. I'm happy with my performance in the selection [national team] but I'm picky. Hopefully I can have many more games to improve."
He went on to explain that his move to ManchesterCity offered a “new challenge” after spending so many years with Sevilla, a club where he averaged roughly a goal every two games.
In the meantime, the forward is keen to examine his failings and see where he can better himself both for club and country.
“[There is] no choice but to keep doing well, improving every day to be mentally and physically stronger,” he told the news provider.
Spain are in action against Georgia this Tuesday, with a win guaranteeing them a place at the World Cup in Brazil.
Negredo found the net last time out, with the reigning World and European champions claiming a crucial 2-1 victory over Belarus.
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