Michu reveals Laudrup lure
Michu says he received other offers, but the chance to play under Michael Laudrup was a decisive factor behind his move to Swansea City.
Last Updated: 20/07/12 4:07pm
Swansea City new boy Michu says he received other offers, but the chance to play under Michael Laudrup was a decisive factor behind his move to the Liberty Stadium.
Michu has signed a three-year contract with Swansea after the Premier League club agreed a fee of around £2million with Rayo Vallecano.
The midfielder scored 15 goals in La Liga last season and his performances for Vallecano had seen him linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
However, Michu was impressed by the Swans' style of play last term and is relishing the chance to work with former Denmark international Laudrup.
"I had other offers, but I really wanted to come to Swansea because of the coach, the style of play and the Premier League," Michu told the club's official website.
"I've always followed the Premier League from Spain and I watched a lot of Swansea games last season. They played good football and I liked their style.
"I also know how Michael Laudrup's teams play, so I'm looking forward to being part of that. The coach was fundamental to me joining Swansea. I remember watching him as a player - he was a machine.
"I'm a bit sad to leave Rayo because they gave me my chance in the first division in Spain. I will always be grateful to them for that.
"The supporters have also been good to me. That's why I wanted to return to Spain last night to thank them personally via a press conference this morning. I wanted to leave in a good way.
"But the chance to play in the Premier League is a fantastic opportunity for me. I believe the Premier League is better than La Liga, so it's a chance for me to improve as a player.''
Laudrup, who has described the signing as a 'bargain', added: "I am happy that the player wanted to come here because I was here. I have never worked with him and I haven't paid him!
"He has had a press conference in Madrid to say goodbye to Rayo Vallecano and he should join us for the tour to the USA."