Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic doesn't regret Roma snub

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Stevan Jovetic admits Roma were among those chasing his signature in 2013, but has no regrets at having snubbed them in favour of Manchester City.

Wednesday night could have been a lot different for Stevan Jovetic had he taken a different decision back in the summer of 2013.

He is currently preparing to take in a crucial Champions League clash with Roma in the colours of Manchester City, with the Premier League champions aware that only a win will do in the Italian capital.

Jovetic, though, could have been lining up for the opposition as they were among those to have expressed an interest in acquiring his services as he edged towards the exits at Fiorentina.

His efforts in Serie A had, however, drawn admiring glances from across Europe and his value rocketed as a transfer scramble was sparked.

In the end, City parted with £22 million to bring the talented Montenegrin to the Etihad Stadium.

Jovetic remains convinced that he made the right career choice, with the 25-year-old now seemingly clear of the injuries which hindered his early progress in England.

He said ahead of a crucial midweek meeting with his former suitors: “It's probably true (that Roma tried to sign me). There were many clubs after me. Roma are a big club but in the end I decided to sign for City and I'm very happy with my decision.”

Jovetic added on the challenges facing City in Rome: “I want to score. It’s my duty to score. I've played a few games in this stadium and scored some goals against them, we won 2-1 a few years ago (for Fiorentina) and I also made one. I try to do the same again. It will be a nice, warm atmosphere, but we are used to it.”

City head into their final Group E fixture sat bottom of the table, with five points taken from as many fixtures so far.

They will, however, progress if they beat Roma and CSKA Moscow fail to take maximum points from a trip to leaders Bayern Munich.

In a week which has seen City throw open the doors to their new training facility and air ambitious plans to stand alongside the very best sides on the planet, it is imperative that they do the business on Wednesday and avoid a third early elimination from Europe’s premier club competition in the space of four years.

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