Jesús Navas González is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right winger or a right back for the Spain national team. He has spent the vast majority of his career with Sevilla, playing 572 official matches and winning seven major titles, including three Europa League titles and two Copas del Rey. In 2013 he signed for Manchester City, where he won the 2013–14 Premier League. He re-joined Sevilla in 2017, going on to hold the club’s record for most competitive appearances. A Spanish international since 2009, Navas helped his country win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, earning over 40 caps and scoring five goals. Born in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Province of Seville, Navas joined Sevilla’s youth system at age 15. In 2003–04, he made his first-team (and La Liga) debut when he played 12 minutes in a 0–1 loss at Espanyol on 23 November 2003. Navas suffered from chronic homesickness, to the extent he walked out of training camps in Spain because they were too far away from Seville. He also suffered from anxiety attacks and seizures, and initially refused to travel with Sevilla during pre-season to the United States due to his homesickness, later changing his mind in a bid to rid himself of this condition. Navas’ older brother, Marco, was also a footballer and a midfielder. Their family was of Gitano/Romani origin.
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On 4 June 2013, after speculation concerning Navas’ future, Sevilla confirmed that he was leaving the club with the expectation of joining Premier League side Manchester City. The transfer, reportedly valued at £14.9 million, was completed seven days later; the player said “this is the right moment for me to take this step. I’m very happy with the opportunity and the decision.” Navas made his league debut on 19 August 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 home win against Newcastle United. He scored his first two goals in the competition on 24 November in a 6–0 home rout of Tottenham Hotspur. On 2 March 2014, Navas scored City’s third goal in the League Cup final as they defeated Sunderland 3–1 to win the competition. He appeared in 48 games across all competitions in his first season (scoring six goals), helping the club win the fourth national championship in its history. Navas returned to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on 3 November 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and assisting Wilfried Bony for the last goal. In the League Cup final, he came on as a substitute and scored one of the penalties in the shootout in a victory over Liverpool. Late in the 2016–17 campaign, Navas was reconverted by new manager Pep Guardiola into a right back, and from that position he contributed with two decisive passes in a 3–1 home defeat of Hull City on 8 April 2017. On 25 May, Manchester City announced he would be leaving the club.