Manchester City flop Nolito is set to return to Spain – to escape the English weather.
The £13.5million signing even claimed that his daughter Lola had been drained of all colour because of the lack of sunlight since his move to the Blues a year ago.
“My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave.
“I have learnt very, very little English – it’s very hard. Just “tomorrow”, “good morning”, “good afternoon” and a little more. I am under contract, so the club will decide, but I want to leave.”
Sevilla are favourites among several Spanish clubs who have enquired about the Spain international, including his former club Celta Vigo, who only sold him to City last summer for £13.5m.
He has failed to settle, and Sevilla hope to capitalise, with the player being pictured alongside their director of football Oscar Arias — though Nolito claimed it was an accidental meeting.
“I was just casually shopping for clothes for my wife in Seville,’ he told El Transistor.
“I went to get a coffee and bumped into Sevilla’s director of football casually. I later met the Sevilla president, and I’m just glad no-one took a photo.
“I don’t think City are counting on me too much, given how I’ve played since January.
“I am under the contract, so the club will decide, but I want to leave. I haven’t played in six months. I will do everything possible to make Spain’s World Cup squad.
“I’m not angry with [City manager Pep] Guardiola and he doesn’t have to have reasons to be angry with me, either. It simply hasn’t gone well.”
City want £12m for the striker and they have given Nolito permission to speak to Sevilla.
He has had a disastrous time in England since arriving on a £100,000 a week contract, scoring just four Premier League goals, with no league starts since last December.
His only start in 2017 was against Huddersfield in the FA Cup in February, and he is hoping City will agree to an initial loan deal to allow him to return to Spain.
The Etihad club meanwhile, are finally closing in on the signing of Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.
A £35m deal likely to be agreed next week, after the defender plays for France in a friendly against England on Tuesday.
City have already coughed up £50m this summer for Mendy’s Monaco team-mate, midfielder Bernardo Silva, and are on the brink of capturing Benfica keeper Ederson for £35m — which would be a world-record fee for the position.