Swansea ace Nelson Oliveira has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in his move to the Premier League.
The Portuguese international completed his loan move to the Liberty Stadium earlier this month, and started his first game for the Swans against Chelsea today.
However the Benfica ace has revealed how the move may not have happened had Ronaldo got involved. Oliveira had offers to move to Spain but after a conversation with the Real Madrid superstar, who spent four years with Manchester United, persuaded him to head to England.
"I spoke to Cristiano and asked him whether I would find it better to play in the UK or in Spain," he said. "He told me he loved playing in England with Manchester United, although I know he is happy in Spain.
"He thinks in England it is more intense with the fans playing a big role, whereas in Spain it is easier to play because the intensity is not so high and the pressure is lower.
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"I get on very well with Cristiano, he is an example to many players in Portugal because of what he has achieved and the Premier League is something every young boy aspires to play in."
It has been a remarkable week or so for Portuguese football, with Ronaldo scooping the Ballon d'Or and Jose Mourinho being named the country's coach of the century. The Manchester United legend was also named Portugal's player of the century.
Oliviera is going up against the Special One this afternoon and as it stands it's not going too well - Chelsea are currently 4-0 up before half-time.
Manchester United meanwhile are still tied at 0-0 with QPR at Loftus Road. Oliveira had previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, but since then his star has fallen and Benfica have shipped him out on loan twice before his switch to Swansea.
'Yes, I knew something through my agent,' Oliveira said of Manchester United's reported interest in 2012. But I leave that to him and things should happen when they are right.