Throughout the summer transfer window, Jesús Navas has been heavily linked with a return to Sevilla, where he spent thirteen years before moving to Manchester City in 2013 for £14.9 million. Navas has publicly stated that he’d like to finish his career at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, while the Andalusian club have made it clear they’ll have him back.
A reunion will have to wait, however, with Sevilla’s famed sporting director Monchi today telling the Spanish press that they will not be bringing the winger home this summer. Sevilla have had a busy summer window, signing the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder and Paulo Henrique Ganso, but Monchi said adding Navas to their impressive summer recruits wouldn’t happen yet, because he is respecting his City contract.
Pep Guardiola recently said he has a “lot of confidence” in Navas, who has been one of those persistently linked with an Etihad exit this summer. The 30-year-old has featured regularly in City’s pre-season games, and with Samir Nasri’s City career looking doomed and Guardiola’s love of players attacking the byline, Jesús could be a useful weapon this season.
Navas has just a year remaining on his existing deal, and Monchi admitted that a deal could be done in future. This likely means next summer when Sevilla, famous for their bargain hunting, can bring home their prodigal son at no cost. It will also give Leroy Sané a full year to settle into English football and rotate with the experienced Navas on the right, if Guardiola deploys the young German in the position he starred in for Schalke.