The pair played together for Real Madrid Castilla.
‚ÄúHe encouraged me to come here and had good words to say about Queens Park Rangers,‚ÄĚ Granero told the Telegraph.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs brilliant ‚ÄĒ wherever he goes he‚Äôs brilliant. He has the style. When he went from Castilla [Real Madrid reserves] to Valencia he was very young, there were many older players and it looked difficult for him. And he passed over them straight away. He goes to Chelsea ‚ÄĒ 10 minutes and he scores!
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs so talented and clever and he‚Äôs one of my favourite footballers and a good friend of mine. We were in the academy at Real Madrid together, with the national team academy, and now we live in the same city and we‚Äôve always wanted to do that.‚ÄĚ