Stevan Jovetic is happy with his decision to sign for City this summer. The Montenegrin international, 23, joined from Italian side Fiorentina in July for a deal believed to be worth £22 million and has said he dismissed interest from other English clubs to come to Manchester. The clubs direct approach in the transfer market as well as the lure of competing for the biggest domestic and European trophies helped Jovetic make his decision. He said:
There were other offers, other interest in England, but I don’t want to name the clubs. City were quick in the way they moved for me and that proved they wanted me a lot. They are playing to win the Premier League. They are playing in the Champions League. They have a very good team and I hope I will be winning some trophies here. That’s important. I was in Florence for five years, but I won nothing.
Bought as a direct replacement for Carlos Tevez, Jovetic could be forgiven for feeling some pressure given the size of the boots he has to fill. On the contrary, Jovetic is relishing the challenge and is excited about the season ahead:
I don’t feel any pressure. I know about how great [Carlos] Tevez and [Sergio] Aguero are as players. They are two fantastic players, but all I can do is my best. Replacing Tevez will be a massive task. But I will just give 100% and try to fill those shoes in the best possible way. Obviously it depends on the tactical system, but I like to either play on the left-hand side cutting in or just behind the front striker, playing as a second striker. We will see.
With the arrival of Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo complementing City’ existing strike force in Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, the club are well stocked in the attacking department. Competition for places is sure to be intense: both Dzeko and Negredo have performed well in pre-season and Aguero has returned to training after injury . There is no doubt that Jovetic has his work cut out to earn a place in the starting eleven but given his ability and versatility he is set to be a valuable member of the City team this season.
Written by Robert Toole