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PICTURES: Jesus Navas swaps Manchester City shirt for shovel and hard hat

Jesus Navas right planting a tree at the new training complexJesus Navas (right) planting a tree at the new training complex [MCFC/PA]

With a shovel in hand and donning a hard hat, the Spanish winger demonstrated his manual skills.

City’s £100 million new state-of-the-art training ground is built on an 80-acre site around the corner from the Etihad and which is due to open later this year.

Navas was joined on site by City Football Academy apprentice, Michael Owen, to help him with the development.

The newly planted tree will form part of a wildlife corridor that’ll provide habitat for wildlife, which is seen as really important to local residents.

Jesus Navas, Manchester City, MCFC, Citizens, training groundJesus Navas wasn’t afraid to put in some his hard graft [MCFC/PA]

Jesus Navas, Manchester City, MCFC, Citizens, training groundJesus Navas left his first team kit at home [MCFC/PA]

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It’s been exciting to get involved today and see some of the great work that’s been done around the site

Jesus Navas

“Our apprentices and trainees are instrumental for the Club as they are having such a positive impact on all aspects of the business but they are also developing their own skills,” Navas said.

“It’s been exciting to get involved today and see some of the great work that’s been done around the site.”

The new training ground will be complete with 17 football pitches and have a 7,000 capacity stadium which will stage reserve matches. 

In addition, there will also be a community sixth-form college and leisure centre.

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PICTURES: Jesus Navas swaps Manchester City shirt for shovel and hard hat

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