‘Spanish players clamoring for England’

Arsenal first-team Coach Francis Cagigao has claimed that Spanish players are 'clamoring' for a chance to play in England.

So far this summer nine players have left La Liga to join a Premier League club, and that number could increase if Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Negredo sign for Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.

And Cagigao has admitted that he is not surprised by this exodus.

“There are many Spanish players clamoring for a chance in the Premier League,” he told El Pais.

“The stadiums are full, there is a fantastic environment, there is a great respect for players and Coaches.

“There is more patience from the fans and the economy is better.

“Spanish players have become incredibly desirable after the success of the national team.

“But there is also a crisis in Spanish football.

“Apart from two teams [Real Madrid and Barcelona], the rest are not in a position to offer long contracts.

“90 per cent of clubs cannot afford transfers.”

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