Former Swansea City striker Michu is set for an emotional return home to join his beloved hometown club Real Oviedo.
The forgotten man spent much of last season at nearby Langreo who play in the Tercera (fourth tier) division in the Spanish league.
Michu suffered injuries whilst with Swansea and despite being loaned out to Napoli never really recovered in time to make an impact and his loan spell in Italy was hardly a success.
Swansea agreed to release Michu in November 15 and he joined the Spanish amateurs shortly afterwards. Joining Langreo was a good deal for Michu.
It allowed him to get out of the limelight for a while and focus on playing football, scoring goals and most importantly getting his fitness back and recovering properly from his injury.
He was also doing his brother a favour as it’s his brother who coaches the side. A major factor in his decision you would feel.
Close to the heart
Real Oviedo is club close to his heart and he is close to Real Oviedo fans’ hearts.
Michu whilst playing the second tier of Spanish Football for Celta Vigo turned down the chance of La Liga football as the offer came from Sporting Gijon –Real Oviedo’s bitter local rivals.
This could have been detrimental to his career, but loyalty to his hometown club is important and this has only strengthened the bond between himself and Oviedo supporters.
He of course started his career with the Asturias side and made over 100 appearances for them when they themselves were suffering in the third and fourth tiers of Spanish football after severe financial problems.
They are now a club on the up and play in the newly branded La Liga 2 division (second tier).
It’s widely reported Michu didn’t just want to join Oviedo to make up the numbers. He only wants to play for the club if he can make a difference and make a positive impression on the team.
Michu doesn’t just want to pick up a pay packet. He wants to help the club get back up to La Liga for the first time since the 2000/01 season.
If you’re a believer in fairytales, then keep your eye on this situation and hopefully we can see Michu once again playing in La Liga this time with his hometown club Real Oviedo.
Written by John Mothershaw
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