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Garrido swept away by Man City hype

Former Real Sociedad fullback Javi Garrido admits he was swept away by the excitement swirling around Manchester City over the summer.

"I did have a number of offers from other places but two things swayed my mind to agree to come to City," he said. "Sven is a great coach and I know his reputation and I was influenced too by the fact that City were signing a lot of internationals and that was a strong attraction.

"There is no doubt that to play in La Liga is fantastic, it is a great league, but I look at the Premier League and I see how the level has been raised in the last couple of years and that was a factor too.

"I am not just here for the football either. I want to learn another language and the culture and how to live in England. I am here as part of my education in life and to make new friends. I know I will benefit in many ways from the move."

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