Avila recalled: "My agent was driving it. First we could not give the topic of community (EU passport), the only way is if one left or player of theirs was injured.
"But then I was injured and then Dembélé was injured, all the way around, it passed. If not, I'd have gone in like a pig to the sweet potato."
However, the 26 year-old insists he doesn't rue his luck.
"What I wanted was to play, which is what makes me happy. My commitment is with Osasuna, not with Barça or Madrid or Inter. I was going to play for the people who are paying me and the people who pay to see a show. It doesn't come from my soul to play dumb or injured."