Wolves defender Jesus Vallejo has revealed why he chose the club over a long list of other clubs.
The young Spaniard is on a season-long loan from Spanish giants Real Madrid but has yet to get a foothold in the squad, only starting one Premier League match – a 5-2 loss to Chelsea.
However, despite the rocky start he still claims to be very happy at the club, and even revealed that Spanish teammates Adama Traore and Jonny Castro Otto convinced him to join rather than a selection of other clubs.
He said to Spanish newspaper AS (via Wolvesbite): “It was a bit of everything… I wanted to live this experience. I talked to Jonny and Adama, and Real Madrid strongly recommended me to come here.
“They told me that I would continue to progress and I wanted to go hand in hand with the club.
“And of course Wolves influenced. Nuno (Espirito Santo, head coach) called me and told me about the project. It was the club that bet more on me.
“Very well, since the first day I have been treated phenomenally,” Vallejo told Spanish newspaper AS.
“I am very comfortable with the team, the coach and the way we play. I had many offers on the table.
“Real Madrid recommended the Premier League because it is a very competitive league with very good teams.”
It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for Vallejo. So far, he has played five games in all competitions, with one coming in the Premier League, once in the EFL Cup and then three times in the Europa League qualifiers – but no games in the Europa League (Transfermarkt).
While his words are very positive, it won’t have been how he wanted to kick off his career on these shores. With Wolves playing three at the back, you imagine chances will arise, however, Ryan Bennett, Willy Boly and Connor Coady look quite comfortable at the back at the current time.
In fact, Willy Boly leads the average rating for the squad according to WhoScored, with a big 7.45/10 rating, while Ryan Bennett is the fifth-highest with 6.75/10, and then Conor Coady, with the lowest rating of 6.53/10, is the club captain, so is perhaps much less likely to be dropped for him.
The jury will still be out on Vallejo as Wolves have a very small pool of data to decide whether he is very good at this level.
Still, it was a difficult start to the campaign for the whole club after qualifying for the Europa League and, with things looking to have picked up following recent results, perhaps it will be easier to bed in for the Real Madrid loanee.
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