Pozo explains why he chose Manchester City over Real Madrid

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Fresh from scoring for Manchester City against Sheffield Wedneday, the former Real Madrid youth star has explained why he moved to the Etihad.

Jose Angel Pozo, the Manchester City youngster described as a “Mini Messi” in some quarters of the press, has shed some light on why he decided to swap a stay at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid for a move to the Etihad and Manchester City.

The 18-year-old striker has burst onto the scene after scoring for the Sky Blues in their 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

Arriving on the pitch as a substitute in the 64th minute, Pozo scored City’s sixth goal in an eventful appearance for the Premier League champions.

A fast, skilful striker who has already represented Spain at under-17 level, Pozo’s finishing abilities and pass range were part of the reason he was nominated for the Academy Player of the Year award during his first full season at the club.

The Malaga-born forward put pen to paper on a pro contract with the club back in July of last year, and this week took some time out to speak to the Manchester Evening News about why he decided to leave Real Madrid and head to the Premier League.

"Manchester City gave me another vision," he told the news provider, "they showed me their plans for the future and when I got the opportunity, I took it.

"It is very difficult to get into the first team at Real Madrid, as every summer they sign the best players in the world.

"There are also very good players here in the first team, but I think I took the right decision and now it is down to me and the work I do every day."

An ankle injury hampered his impact last season but after finishing as City’s top scorer at under-21 level, the young forward looks on course for a bright future at the club.

And he could yet feature again for the Citizens this season, with the club next in action against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup – a game that could even see Pozo start for the Sky Blues.

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