Pozo feels joining Almeria is a 'step forward' in his career, after leaving Manchester City

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Jose Angel Pozo is delighted to join Almeria, having departed Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

There were mixed reports on transfer deadline day, when talented Spanish youngster Jose Angel Pozo completed a late switch from Manchester City to Almeria. Initial suggestions were that it was a loan move, but confirmation later came from the Segunda club, a permanent deal had been secured.

During his presentation on Thursday, via the official Almeria club website, sporting director Alberto Benito explained with enthusiasm: "We weren't planning to complete the permanent signing of Pozo right now, although we were following the possibility."

"On the final day of the transfer window though, the option arose for us and we couldn't let it pass us by, because he's a player of great quality, an extraordinary talent." He continued.

Benito then confirmed: "We have signed Pozo for the next five seasons and we don't need to rush him, or pause in aiding his development. He'll demand that much from himself."

For his own part, 19-year-old Pozo insisted that departing Manchester City, despite having made his first-team debut last season, isn't a step down in his career.

Indeed, he highlighted: "I've joined a great club. I'm clear that I've taken a step forward joining Almeria. I've joined a club that should be in the Primera and will be fighting to return there."

"I have the chance to play professionally and when the opportunity to join Almeria arose, I had absolutely no doubts at any moment." Pozo pointed out, satisfied the right decision was made.

Regarding his past and growth as a footballer in England, Pozo suggested: "I have learned a great deal at Manchester City, because I've been working alongside so many world-class players."

"Here at Almeria I'm certain I'll keep making progress, because they have a competitive and quality squad, with plenty of players I'll learn from too." He added.

Asked about his personal hopes with Almeria this season, given the huge expectations from fans and the local media alike, Pozo concluded: "It's all a great motivation for me, because I'm very enthusiastic. Although I'm conscious it will be difficult to play, given the high level of this team and the competition in the squad, with hard work and confidence I'll get my opportunities."

Such opportunities were inevitably going to be difficult at Manchester City, given the vast array of stars and talent, ahead of the young striker in the pecking order there.

Welcomed with open arms by the fans, they could get to see Pozo in action for the first time this coming Sunday, when Almeria take on Osasuna in Liga Adelante.

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