New Swans signing Alvaro Vazquez says he can’t wait to get started in the Barclays Premier League.
The Spanish striker was in Swansea on Tuesday to finalise his season-long loan deal from Getafe.
Vazquez came through the youth ranks at Espanyol before moving to Getafe last summer, and was part of the Spain Under-21 side that lifted the European Championship title back in the summer.
His arrival takes the club’s Spanish contingent up to eight – and the 22-year-old revealed his delight at completing his switch to the Liberty Stadium.
“I’m very happy to be here,” he said. “This is a really good opportunity and I will try to make the most of it this season.
“I know a lot about Swansea, not just the club but the players as well. They have a lot of Spanish players that I was aware of, and of course Michael Laudrup as well.
“I’m also aware of the great season that they had last year and now they are playing in the Europa League as well. I have never played in that competition and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Playing in the European Championships was very good. We managed to win it and I’m sure it will help me in the Premier League.
“Also, having a manager that speaks my language is great. Also, coming to a new country and new culture, I now have lots of other Spaniards here that will be really helpful.”
Vazquez joins fellow compatriots Angel Rangel, Pablo Hernandez, Jose Canas, Alejandro Pozuelo, Michu, Chico Flores and one name in particular - Jordi Amat.
Amat arrived at the Liberty earlier this summer, with Vasquez having played alongside the defender during his time at Espanyol.
And the striker says that Amat played a huge part in his switch to SA1.
“I speak to Jordi very often,” he said. “As soon as he knew I was coming he rang me and told me it would be a great move.
“He spoke highly of the club and said I would fit in well here.”
Vazquez also admitted that the lure of playing for Michael Laudrup – a hero in Spain during his playing days at Barcelona and Real Madrid – played a role in him deciding to swap La Liga for the Premier League.
“I know Laudrup as a player, and as a manager as well,” he said. “When I was playing for Espanyol I played against his Mallorca team.
“I have seen lots of videos of him as a player, and I know his teams play good football and achieve great results.
“It’s an honour for me to be here and I will try to do my best and repay him for showing faith in me.”
With the new season now underway, many players will now have an eye on next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
But Vazquez, who has scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Spain Under-21 side, admits it will be difficult to break into Vicente del Bosque’s squad.
“It will be very difficult because the Spanish national team have a really good squad,” he said. “I would love to go to Brazil but it will be tough.”