Nani has completed his £7.2 million move from to Valencia from Fenerbahce and was greeted at the Mestalla on Thursday by 10,000 fans.
The Portuguese winger, who is still riding the crest of a wave after his national team’s Euro 2016 triumph last weekend, admitted it was a “very special day” and that he feels “happy” to have joined Los Che.
Nani also revealed that he’d spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his move to Valencia - and was told good things about the club.
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“Cristiano congratulated me and told me that Valencia was a great club in Spain and that I was going to fit into La Liga,” Nani was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
“My dream is to be happy at Valencia because it’s a huge club that is always fighting at the top. I felt that Valencia was the best club because it has huge global potential.”
Nani on what he hopes to deliver
On what he believes the people of Valencia expect of him, Nani continued: “I feel that the fans are waiting for me and they are happy I’ve come here. As players, these are the times that are important, feeling the love of the fans. Hopefully I can bring them happy times and contribute to their dreams. Hopefully the club will have happy times ahead.”
Nani on Euro 2016
Asked if his Euro 2016 performances had resulted in him landed a move to Valencia, Nani added: “I’m really happy that I could contribute at the Euros and in the end we came away champions. Many people think I’m going to relax, but that’s not in my mind. I come here with a lot of ambitions because I’m coming to a big club, with a great stadium and fantastic fans.”
Nani on how he has developed
And on the difference between the Nani at Manchester United and the Nani of today, the Portuguese winger said: “Experience. But I have the same ambition, the same desire as I’ve always had. I play to win every game.”
Can he flourish in La Liga?
Nani has been signed by Valencia, who finished 12th in La Liga last season, to replace Sofiane Feghouli.
He will be keen to prove himself in Spain and certainly possesses the required qualities to make an impact in the league.
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