New Fulham signing Fernando Amorebieta has admitted that it was tough leaving Athletic Bilbao.
The Venezuela international left Los Leones this summer after his contract expired at San Mames, but the defender has claimed he is excited by the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
“I had gone round and round thinking about leaving Athletic. It wasn't an easy decision but I wanted to experience something different," he told the Guardian.
"If I had not gone I would have regretted it.
“No [Fulham isn’t a step down], for me it's a step forward.
“The Premier League, London and Fulham: a very welcoming club, a family club, one that has a special warmth.
“They have a long, important history, it's the oldest club in London and that really attracted me. There were other clubs, but Fulham was the option I liked best.
“London makes quite a difference. If you need to travel home, it's closer and easier; there are flights every day. We're away from home and that may be hard but that doesn't frighten me. In fact, it's exciting.”