Former £15m Liverpool and Everton target receives first Spanish call-up

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Celta Vigo winger Nolito has been included in Vicente Del Bosque's most recent selection.

In the summer both Merseyside clubs were linked with a move for Celta Vigo winger Nolito.

Two years ago he was heavily linked with a £15 million swap from Benfica to Liverpool after an impressive stint in Portugal. Brendan Rodgers was said to be a huge fan of the former Barcelona youngster after he scored an impressive 15 goals in 48 games at the start of his Benfica career.

Unfortunately for Nolito he lost his place at Benfica to Nico Gaitan and last summer he joined his former Barca B coach Luis Enrique at Celta - where he rebuilt his reputation as a devastating goal-scoring wide man.

This summer Everton were linked with his services, as Roberto Martinez admitted the club needed to sign another winger. Their links with his signature increased after Nolito smashed a hat-trick past Everton in pre-season for Celta.

In the end he made it clear he was happy to remain with Celta - where he had got his career back on track and was looking in top form.

That form has continued into the new season and has now been rewarded.

Nolito has been called up to the Spanish national team for the first time in his career for the upcoming fixtures with Belarus and Germany. While there is no place for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, the former Liverpool and Everton target has got the nod for the first time as Vicente Del Bosque begins to look at new options after recent Spanish struggles.

Would Nolito have played regularly enough to earn this proud moment on Merseyside?

That seems unlikely. So in ignoring the overtures of Liverpool and Everton it would appear that Nolito made the right call.

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