Swansea City: Huw Jenkins hails Michu's Spain call
HUW Jenkins is looking forward to Michu achieving further success with Swansea City after the forward was selected by Spain.
Michu learned on Sunday night that he had been called up to Vicente del Bosque's squad after Atletico Madrid's David Villa pulled out through injury.
The former Rayo Vallecano man was preferred to Spurs frontman Roberto Soldado and Juventus's Fernando Llorente.
It has taken a while for del Bosque to offer Michu a chance, having watched him in a 0-0 draw at Everton last January when speculation suggested a cap was close.
Michu will now hope to make his international debut against Belarus in Majorca on Friday or when Georgia visit Albacete four days later.
Jenkins has hailed the recognition, which comes after Michu rose from obscurity to shock the Premier League last season.
The 27-year-old scored 22-goals in that campaign, has already struck five times this term, and Jenkins reckons he can go on to hit even greater heights for both Swansea and Spain.
"As a club we are delighted he has got the call-up for Spain," said the Swansea chairman.
"It is fantastic that he has been included in the Spanish squad because of his performances with Swansea in the Premier League. It is a massive compliment and achievement for Michu and Swansea City that he has been called up by the current European and world champions.
"It is not an easy squad to break into, but his commitment, work-rate and level of performance since he joined us has been first class. He enjoyed a successful first year with us and he has continued his form into this season, which is great to see.
"We are looking forward to seeing him continue his success here at Swansea in the Premier League and hopefully with Spain at international level."
Michu was widely tipped to be given an international chance last season, with del Bosque saying as much.
But in the end the opportunity never arrived.
That may be about to change ahead of a World Cup qualification double header, with Spain closing in on a place in next year's Brazil finals.
"Every Spanish footballer dreams of this and it's so difficult," said Michu. "Few people can wear the shirt of the best team in the world.
"There are a lot of players missing, but there are great players in the squad. Let's see if fortune is with me and I can play, although I'm grateful to be called up.
"It's the maximum to which a footballer can aspire. The national team is the best in the world, it's a privilege I'm enjoying it like a kid, these are the best players in the world and it will be complicated, but I'll try to take advantage of the opportunity."
Though del Bosque opted for Michu, it might have been a different story if Diego Costa had been available to the Spain coach.
The Brazil-born Atletico Madrid striker, who is the leading scorer in La Liga this season with ten goals, recently switched his allegiance to Spain but del Bosque was not able to call him up last week due to outstanding paperwork.
Michu played alongside Costa for Rayo during the 2011-12 season and said of his former team-mate: "I've not spoken with him, but I've swapped messages. He's doing great and I'm very happy.
"I want to enjoy this experience, of sharing a dressing room with the best in the world."