Javi Garcia has discussed his move from Benfica to Manchester City and his hopes of breaking into the Spanish national team.
The former Real Madrid trainee joined the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day after three impressive seasons in Lisbon.
“I cannot hide my happiness for a new adventure,” the 25-year-old stated in an interview with Marca. “I have come to one of the best clubs in Europe, one that knows no limits. I am surrounded by many of the world's best players.”
“Many are surprised, but its all very normal here. I was struck by the ease and the familiarity with which people work. The people are nice and friendly, everyone makes you feel comfortable.”
Garcia will soon be reunited with Real in the group stages of the Champions League, a tournament he admits City are keen to win.
“Lets go for this competition, we know we can be among the favourites. I think we are one of the strongest teams in Europe, but to be champions you have to prove it on the field.”
The midfielder, signed for a reputed €23m fee, made his international debut back in May, and is longing for more action with La Roja.
“Let's see. Clearly if I do well at City I will continue to catch the Coach's eye. I was on the verge of going to the European Championships and I will continue working for Vincente Del Bosque to notice me. I want to take advantage of this great time in my football career