Canales: No Madrid regrets

Sergio Canales insists he doesn’t regret joining Real Madrid as he prepares to return to Santiago Bernabeu with Real Sociedad.

Canales moved to the capital from Racing Santander in 2010, aged only 19, but lasted only two years, one of which was spent at Valencia, before a permanent move to Mestalla after 15 appearances for Los Blancos.

“I don’t regret [moving to Madrid]. It happened as it happened, but you should never regret,” he told AS ahead of Wednesday’s fixture.

“A lot of thought went into it. [2010-11] was a strange year, but being surrounded by the best can’t be a negative.

“I’m staying with the positives, with everything I learned. It’s difficult to be a starting player in such a big team, but I learned from the best.

“In the end it was a short time and I didn’t play much, but the fans gave me a lot of affection. I have very good memories of them and my teammates.”

Canales also touched on the situation of his current club now Eusebio Sacristan is in charge and not David Moyes.

“The team is different, not better or worse. Before it was a more direct game and now we have possession and want the ball,” he acknowledged.

“I’m playing more, I’m happy. Eusebio arrived with things very clear and the team he wants. We have more confidence and we are more comfortable.”

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