The pair played together for Real Madrid Castilla.
â€śHe encouraged me to come here and had good words to say about Queens Park Rangers,â€ť Granero told the Telegraph.
â€śHeâ€™s brilliant â€” wherever he goes heâ€™s 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 â€” 10 minutes and he scores!
â€śHeâ€™s so talented and clever and heâ€™s 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 weâ€™ve always wanted to do that.â€ť