Friday 20 July 2012
Swansea City have sealed the signature of Spanish midfielder Michu from La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.
The 26-year-old has joined Michael Laudrup's side for a fee of around £2m and he has signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.
"I believe the Premier League is better than La Liga, so it's a chance to improve"
Michu, whose full name is Miguel Perez Cuesta, will join up with his new team-mates on Sunday for the Swans' pre-season tour of America.
"I'm very happy," Michu told Swansea's official website. "I had other offers, but I really wanted to come to Swansea because of the coach, the style of play and the Premier League.
"I've always followed the Premier League from Spain and I watched a lot of Swansea games last season. They played good football and I liked their style.
"I also know how Michael Laudrup's teams play, so I'm looking forward to being part of that. The coach was fundamental to me joining Swansea. I remember watching him as a player - he was a machine.
"I'm a bit sad to leave Rayo because they gave me my chance in the first division in Spain. I will always be grateful to them for that.
"But the chance to play in the Premier League is a fantastic opportunity for me. I believe the Premier League is better than La Liga, so it's a chance for me to improve as a player."
Michu scored 15 goals in La Liga last season, the most for a midfielder in the competition, and he helped save Rayo from relegation.
He is looking forward to playing alonside fellow new signings Jonathan de Guzman and Chico, and says Swans right-back Angel Rangel helped him decide, with several other clubs interested in his signature.
"I know them both [Jonathan and Chico] from playing against them in La Liga," added Michu. "They are not only good players, but knowing them will also help my adaption to life over here.
"Angel and I know a mutual friend so we started texting recently. He told me he was very happy here and it was a great club.
"I've had a look at the stadium already and it is spectacular. Angel told me it was always full for every game and the fans are very passionate, so I'm really excited about the challenge ahead."