Aïssa Mandi is delighted with his move to Villarreal.
The former Real Betis defender was presented to the local media yesterday, having signed in a Bosman deal last month.
"I would like to thank the whole club for the welcome. After a week here, I am very happy and I hope to be able to give my best level to be at the club for a number of years," underlined the Algerian, who added that he is already feeling comfortable in the team: “Thanks to all my team-mates for how they've welcomed me. I'm very happy in training and in the dressing room."
The new Villarreal signing confessed that he did not think twice about signing for the Yellows: “It was not easy to sign for another club during the season, but when Villarreal call you, you don't have to think about it a lot. I want consistency and I want to play in Europe every year. When my agent told me about the interest, I didn't think twice and everything happened quickly."
Mandi also shared his personal objectives with Villarreal, which involve “playing as many games at the highest level possible", despite being aware of the competition he will have: “Pau, Albiol, Funes Mori and Foyth were very good last year. When you come to a big club, you need to fight for your place and Villarreal is a big club. I knew that I would have to fight before getting here."
Mandi also spoke about the next big challenge for Villarreal, which is the UEFA Super Cup: “We have seven games to get ready for it. It's an important title and we are going to prepare ourselves in order to win."
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