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Sevilla striker Rony Lopes explains leaving Man City

Sevilla striker Rony Lopes has explained leaving Manchester City.

Lopes joined City as a teenager.

He told the Athletic: “When I went there, I saw it as a great opportunity for me and I had my first pre-season with the first team at 16. But I wanted to be a professional playing regular football. I wanted a different challenge and to play every weekend.

“I knew it was difficult in City because they had a lot of money and had big players at the club. I spent three years at City and enjoyed it.

“When I scored that goal against Watford, I was really happy. Everyone was praising me and it was a big moment, one of the best in my career.

“But at the same time, I knew it wouldn't change anything because I knew the players at City at the time, I knew the money involved.

“I knew in my head that to play more, I would have to leave. I could have stayed but it would have been more for the under-21 team than the first team."

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