VIDEO: Vazquez relishing chance to play in Europa League
ALVARO Vazquez has revealed how a recommendation from his fellow Spaniard Jordi Amat convinced him to make his deadline day loan move to Swansea City.
Spanish Under-21 international striker Vazquez has joined the Swans on a season-long loan from La Liga side Getafe, with the option of making the transfer permanent.
Swansea took their tally of Spanish players to eight with the capture of the pacy 22-year-old, and Vazquez says the advice of Amat, who signed for the Swans from Espanyol this summer, had a major bearing on his decision.
“I’m very happy to be here,” he said.
“I speak to Jordi (Amat) very often.
“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.”
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Vazquez caught the eye this summer as he helped Spain win the Under-21 European Championships.
Swansea had been trawling Europe to find suitable back-up for club-record signing Wilfried Bony, and Vazquez hopes to make an impression at his new club.
“This is a really good opportunity and I will try to make the most of it this season,” the Spaniard added.
“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.”
Swans manager Laudrup has proved to be a major attraction for signings during his year or so at the Liberty Stadium, and Vazquez is looking forward to working under the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star.
“I know Laudrup as a player, and as a manager as well. When I was playing for Espanyol I played against his Mallorca team,” he said.
“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.”
Vazquez has the added incentive of the World Cup taking place at the end of this season but, with the likes of Fernando Torres and Roberto Soldado ahead of him in the Spanish pecking order, he is not overly optimistic about his chances of playing in Brazil next summer.
“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.”