Miku wanted a 'big club'
NEW Celtic striker Miku claims he could have joined Swansea City this summer — but he turned them down because he wanted to join a "big" team.
Swansea made enquiries about Miku during the close season and, according to reports in Spain, were still interested in the Getafe player on deadline day.
Miku says Reading were another club who wanted to bring him to the Premier League, but that he wanted a move to Parkhead.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan international has left one of Michael Laudrup's old clubs to join Celtic on a season-long loan.
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And he said: "I hope to have a great year here.
"I like the fact Celtic are a big team who face the challenge of playing every weekend to win.
"If you are with other teams you can sometimes lose but here there is the pressure and I like that. I like the attitude that says: if you don't win, it's a problem.
"It's a big honour — I hope to have a great year here and stay longer.
"Swansea and Reading both wanted to sign me in the summer and Getafe wanted money for me before the season started, but I said I fancied moving to a big team.
"I was the best striker at Getafe. I played every game and felt if I was to go to another team and another country, it would have to be a really big one.
"Swansea and Reading are both good teams but for me, it would be similar to Getafe.
"Celtic is different. It has the support, the history, the Champions League. There is more here for me. I want to win the three trophies and I think we have the team to do it."