Iago Aspas heads for the Premier League
- Club icon leaves Celta for the second time in 3 years.
- Aspas joins Jurgen Klopp's Manchester City for €18,000,000 and will be on €99,000 a week.
Heartbreaking news for the los Celestes faithful, as Celta Vigo talisman Iago Aspas has left for a Premier League, again. In almost a repeat of his €9,000,000 transfer to Liverpool in 2013, the Moaña-born forward has joined the Citizens for double the amount 3 years later. A number of Europe's top teams have been in contention to sign Aspas, with Juventus, Napoli, and Arsenal submitting similar bids, but this year's Champions League winners have managed to snap up the former Liverpool player. "We're very sad to see Iago leave." Claude Makélélé told us, "I did try to convince him to stay, but he was adamant that his career progression lay away from Celta. Obviously, the success of Manchester City and their recent European glory is a huge pull, and I'm sure Iago will live up to the expectations of Jurgen Klopp." On the disappointment of the fans on the transfer, the Frenchman said "I understand where they're coming from. I'm equally let down, after playing such a vital role in our season, I was looking forward to him replicating some of those performances in the coming months. Like I said, I talked to him, asked him not to leave, but he's made his decision and we can only wish him the best."
Aspas appeared in 153 official games over the course of six seasons and scored 50 goals for Celta from 2006-2013.
After coming through the ranks at Celta Vigo, Aspas made his debut for the Galicians in 2007, playing a vital part in Celta's return to the top flight for the first time in more than five years. After further impressive performances in the Liga BBVA, Premier League side Liverpool signed him for around €9,000,000 in 2013, making his debut in August of that year. He scored in the FA Cup for the Reds, but never notched up a goal in the league. After playing second fiddle to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, Aspas moved on loan to Sevilla, and scored an impressive six goals in a Spanish Cup match against Sabadell. The Andalusian side acquired him permanently in the summer of 2015 for €6,000,000, but immediately sold him on the club where he made his name for €5,000,000. Since rejoining, Aspas has had a fantastic season, netting 12 goals and racking up 9 assists in all competitions.