Though he has been with no membership since leaving Atletico Mineiro in January, the Spanish worldwide striker, who additionally earned two caps for his house nation Brazil, believes it’s not going to take him too lengthy to get again up to the mark with the English prime flight as he goals to attain the targets which Wolves are in demand for.
On signing for Wolves
“It’s a first-class membership with excellent gamers who know the way to play soccer and having the possibility to play within the Premier League once more was the primary factor.
“Clearly, the membership influenced my resolution, particularly realizing I will adapt much more simply right here not solely from a technical perspective, the standard of the gamers but in addition from the truth that numerous the gamers are Portuguese and that may make my transition that a lot smoother.
“It wasn’t in the very best phrases doable on accounts of a participant’s harm which, sadly, I can solely want him nothing however the very best for him.
“However when he [Bruno Lage] informed me about returning to the Premier League since this a championship I’ve associated to fairly a bit, at all times appreciated it and adopted. Irrespective of how a lot I loved taking part in in Madrid, I felt discouraged, however this motivated me. It lit that fireside inside me.”
On returning to the UK
“I at all times thought that the Premier League was the very best on the market, the very best on the earth. I had the pleasure to play in it, return once more and in my view, from expertise, the league has the ambiance, the best way the sport is performed, the stadiums filled with supporters, the pitch in excellent situation, the respect that gamers have for one another.
“I did suppose if I might have the ability to do it, if I used to be bodily and mentally prepared for this new problem – a tough one, that I do know for positive – however mentally, I’m superb. On a bodily and psychological stage, I’ll want two to a few weeks to get again in form however that’s regular since I haven’t accomplished a lot for some time however I do know that I can do it.
“If I ever doubted my potential due to what I’ve accomplished – and thank God I’ve had a satisfying profession – and I didn’t have something left to present, I would not have accepted this problem as a result of I’ve a crew to look after and if I mentioned sure to this, it’s as a result of I believe that I can convey one thing to the desk.”
On talking with Lage
“We did converse. We didn’t actually go into the non-public facet of issues or discuss household. We talked about soccer. I defined how I felt as a result of I’m extremely motivated and able to play once more. I do know that I may also help however I additionally defined my present state of affairs which signifies that I would like my very own time.
“I requested him to not rush me into issues within the sense of planning issues that don’t at all times go to plan as a result of that may imply I gained’t have the ability to assist the best way I wish to. He was very understanding. He is a superb supervisor and somebody who has been doing a terrific job.
“He spoke with a few of my former colleagues, however he was very serene, which is essential for a participant. We would say that ‘Diego Costa is this fashion’ however a supervisor taking the time to get to know you as a participant, fear about you and belief you – as a result of there could be some doubt since I used to be not taking part in for a very long time and I perceive there, I don’t decide that line of thought as a result of your knowledge individuals simply see your stats. A number of figures and numerous unhealthy gamers simply play for the numbers and that shouldn’t be a factor.”
On bringing expertise to a younger squad
“In fact, I’m completely happy to assist. I simply don’t wish to be a ache. I’ll converse with somebody if I discover they could want some steerage.
“I’d relatively converse with somebody after they’re not doing that nicely as a result of I don’t see some extent of providing recommendation if somebody is doing nicely. In the event that they’re doing nicely, go away them be. If somebody ever reaches out to you for recommendation, you supply it, however I don’t prefer to meddle.”
On announcement video
“I used to be scared to dying. Holding that chain I saved considering, ‘What if this wolf thinks about leaping on prime of me?’ after which the three of them did.
“As a result of the woman coaching them saved calling them, requested them to maneuver round somewhat and the canine, the wolves didn’t do a single factor. And I believed, ‘In the event that they’re not doing something with the coach, if they arrive’…after they got here and smelled my foot, I knew I used to be accomplished for.
“I used to be somewhat scared then. These have been wolves, not canine. It was a cool expertise however not a really comfy one. I’ve 5 canine, however they’re not wolves!”
On what followers can anticipate from him
“What they will anticipate from me is dedication, willingness, self-discipline and targets which is what I’ll attempt to convey to the crew to thank for all of the assist and all of the belief.
“I’m very grateful to those that belief in me as a result of regardless of what occurred up to now, to want a speedy restoration to the participant who acquired injured, I hope to repay that confidence after not taking part in for some time as a result of I might be taking part in in a aggressive league and to go on that belief to indicate that I may give again.
“If it’s fully as much as me, as a supporter, you’ll be able to guess that I’ll give it my all, give it my 100 per cent on the pitch as if it have been a brand new starting. Since it is a problem, numerous dedication and love on the pitch as I’ll give the very best of me.”
On goals for season
“Rating targets. Rating targets, do the very best I can, give it my all. Discover my place as an individual, a participant and perceive how I really really feel as a result of it is a large problem.
“It’s not a straightforward problem since you’re not going to play in a straightforward league and you may’t play it the best way you wish to. It is a very demanding championship, bodily demanding, and it’s one thing to check myself with and I’m prepared to present it a go.”