Jonathan: Villarreal will compete

Striker Jonathan Pereira believes Villarreal will be competitive on the club’s return to the top flight after a one-year absence.

The 26-year-old recently penned a deal at El Madrigal designed to keep him at the club until 2017, having arrived on loan from Real Betis in the last winter transfer window.

Pereira went on to score six goals in 19 Segunda games for the club with which he began his professional career, and he says he is looking forward to next season.

“This team will be competitive next year because the quality in the squad has improved.

“Villarreal always have good teams because it is a club that knows how to sign good players, so I’m very happy to remain here.

“It was what I wanted and I hope to continue helping Villarreal as I did last year. Having achieved the goal of promotion I wanted to be here, which is my home,” he told reporters.

On the arrival of Giovani dos Santos from Real Mallorca, Pereira maintained that rather than see the Mexican international’s presence as a direct threat to his place in the side he is looking forward to the competition.

“Giovani is a great player. He has already shown that in Spain and we are lucky to have him. It’s obvious he’s going to provide us with great quality,” asserted Pereira, who pointed out Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men must not set any long-term goals just yet.

“We must take things slowly. We’ve only just come up so must keep our feet firmly on the floor and look to secure safety as soon as possible.”

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