Michu makes first appearance after leaving Swansea for UP Langreo
By David Bowers
Last Updated: 08/01/16 9:17am
Former Swansea striker Michu ended a 14-month lay-off with an appearance for Spanish fourth-tier side UP Langreo.
The 29-year-old, who was capped by Spain in 2013, came off the substitutes' bench in Thursday's 3-0 win against Covadonga in the Tercera Division - his first match since playing in the Europa League for Napoli in October 2014.
After arriving at the Liberty Stadium from Rayo Vallecano for £2m in 2012, Michu netted 18 Premier League goals in his first season for the Swans and was subsequently named the club's Player of the Year.
Following a quiet 2013/14 campaign, where he scored just two goals in 17 league appearances, the Spaniard was loaned out to Serie A side Napoli - but made just six appearances for the club in an injury-ravaged spell.
Having failed to make an appearance for Swansea for 19 months, his contract was terminated in November 2015 and the striker opted to join Langreo, a side coached by his brother Hernan Perez.
After making a 40-minute appearance in Thursday's win, Michu tweeted: "In the end it comes down to feel loved... Eternal thanks."
"It cost me sleep. I get nervous now which is weird," he told a post-match press conference.
"One wants to be happy. I've very comfortable in the club so I'm happy. I feel very protected and we are a family. In the end it comes down to feeling wanted."