Diego Lugano has reflected on his move to Malaga for the rest of the season and on how he has been thrown straight into things.
The Uruguay international is at La Rosaleda on a six-month loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain and has already met his new teammates and starting training.
“There is no time for adaptation, I have been here since Tuesday. Physically I am fine. I have played with my country but I am missing minutes on the pitch,” reflected the centre-back at his presentation this week.
“I aim to be included in the team, to do the best I can and try to get many minutes. Coming here was best for me. I want to give everything I have.
“Pellegrini knows me well from South America and he told me that he personally wanted me in the group for my footballing characteristics. And that’s important for a player’s confidence.
“My introduction? It was easy, because it is the first time in many years that I understood the language. I know many of my new teammates, with Baptista from Sao Paulo to Sebita with the national team and Santa Cruz and Demichelis.”
Malaga do not have a purchase option in Lugano’s deal, but the player made clear that he would like to stay on.
“The idea is to come and reach a good level so as to continue. Four or five months is an eternity in football and the idea is to continue with the project that I have embarked on.”