Wilfried Bony is looking forward to an easier life at the Etihad.
The Ivory Coast forward completed his £28 million move to Manchester earlier today and could be set to make his debut against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Speaking for the first time as a City player, he has revealed that it was the lure of the Champions League and not the vast riches on offer at the champions that made him decide to leave Swansea.
“I think there was more pressure on me before I came to Swansea because it was a different country coming from Holland and going into English football to play in the Premier League with a different mentality – but now I know the league,” he told WalesOnline.
“It is a higher level now being at Manchester City so I will need to be more stronger physically and mentally.”
The striker leaves the Welsh club having made 70 appearances and scoring 34 goals since his £12 million arrival in 2013. The fee for his signature has become Swansea’s highest ever received for a player, beating the £15 million Liverpool paid for Joe Allen in 2012.
“I was relaxed to wait for the moment (to leave) but now it’s come it’s fantastic. I always said if I moved it would be to a club who plays in the Champions League because it is a competition I want to play in – and win,” said Bony.
The move for Bony is thought to have been sanctioned after manager Manuel Pellegrini told the club’s hierarchy that he wants four strikers for the rest of the season as the club looks to retain the Premier League title. Recent reports have suggested that anyone not happy with that situation will be allowed to leave the club in the summer.