The Mail on Sunday says with Dani Jarque and Carlos Kameni plus Luis Garcia catching the eye for Espanyol and a veritable feast of top-quality players in the red and white of Sevilla-Christian Poulsen, Ivica Dragutinovic, Luis Fabiano, Feydou Keita, Diego Capel to name only a few - the trip was never going to be a waste of time.
Fabiano admits his registration is "a mess".
"It's a mess," Fabiano confirms. "Sevilla only own 33 per cent of my registration, with the rest being in the hands of a company.
"Life here is brilliant. I like the people, the language, the weather and the football. But if Sevilla think they are going to keep me in the summer, then I'd like to see them making more of an effort to do it.
"It's down to them to renegotiate my deal before then-all I'll do for the meantime is try to keep on scoring goals and take us to the Champions League Final."