Esteban Granero has spoken to the Press for the first time since completing a move from Real Madrid to Queens Park Rangers.
The midfielder left the Santiago Bernabeu this summer as it became increasingly apparent that he would struggle for a first team berth. However, he holds no grudges against his now former side.
“My departure has not caused me any trauma. I trained from the age of eight with the idea of finding a place in the senior team, but I could not,” he philosophised today.
“Now I am involved in a project that I have been convinced in since I spoke to the Coach and general manager.
“I am impressed by everything around the club and in London, which refines multiculturalism. I’ve always followed the Premier League and have always thought about playing here.”
The player was asked about the comparisons in youth policy between Real Madrid and Barcelona and if Granero would have fared differently had he been at La Masia.
“I have no envy towards Barcelona. We have Casillas, Callejon, Adan and Arbeloa. The Real Madrid team are also reigning champions.
“Me at La Masia? I don’t want that thought passing through my head [laughs], I cannot imagine that.”
The midfielder was asked about former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s sadness.
“How can he be seen as unhappy when he is playing in the best team in the world and then thought of as being happy only if he leaves? I cannot get into the head of Cristiano Ronaldo.”