Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez is excited to be back in Spanish football as coach of Almeria.

The former Mexico coach was presented to the local media yesterday and declared: "I am happy about this new adventure. It reminded me of when I was on the plane here from Mexico, where for the first time I had the opportunity to come to Spanish football as a player. This is a new phase for me as a coach. I'm happy and excited.

"I thank the president, Alfonso Garcia, who spoke to me very frankly, very straightforward. We share the same ideas and he showed confidence in me, which I appreciate. I hope that in this new adventure we can emerge very connected.

"I come from Cancun. I did not expect that my Christmas gift was recruitment by Almeria. I am grateful to 'Santa Claus Alfonso Garcia'."