Jesus Vallejo has revealed Real Madrid urged him to join Wolves because of the ‘incredible job’ they did last season.
The 22-year-old defender has swapped the Bernabeu for Molineux on a season-long loan, and, although he is ineligible for Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round tie at Crusaders, he was at Molineux for the first leg and is relishing the prospect of playing in gold and black.
“Real Madrid recommended me a lot to come here because Wolves did an incredible job last season, and I hope to do the same,” said Vallejo. “Last season was not easy, but we are training a lot and we hope to have a good season again. I’m very happy to be here.”
Vallejo has already experienced two top European leagues in La Liga in Spain and Germany’s Bundesliga when he was on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt. He is also excited about playing in the Premier League. “Real Madrid recommended the Premier League because it is a very competitive league with very good teams,” he added. “I need to improve my level. I am here and I am very happy with my decision.”
Vallejo can’t wait to play at Molineux after experiencing a noisy crowd for the first leg last week. “I was in the Molineux Stadium last Thursday and the atmosphere here is incredible,” he said. “The fans are very passionate here and I love it, because they support you in every moment. If you lose a chance it doesn’t matter, the fans continue to support you and I like the Raul song. I am listening, not every day, but I listen a lot because I like a lot.”
Vallejo has already noticed a difference in the training here compared to Spain. “The first difference I noticed here is the training,” he added. “Maybe here we are doing a lot of training, intense training, but I like this method, because I think you are more prepared for the games and I’m hoping in the games more intensity, of course, and I think the players are stronger here.
“My first days here have been incredible; with my team-mates, with the coach, with everybody who works here, and I’m very happy. I need now some days to training and I want to be with the group, playing as soon as possible.”
That intensity is going to be needed with Wolves fighting on four fronts this season – the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Vallejo is confident will acquit themselves well in all competitions. “I think with this competition (Europa), two cups here in England and of course, the Premier League, we have four attractive tournaments and we are going to do a good job in every tournament,” he said. “Wolves are one of the founders (of European football) and I hope to have a good season here again and for me it’s very important we have the Europa League, we have an important game. If we get a win, we’ll have more opportunities in the future.”
Vallejo is one of three Spaniards in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad with wing back Jonny Castro and Adama Traore and both are familiar as he has played alongside them for Spain’s age group teams, including seven Under-21s appearances with Jonny. But he has revealed that captain Conor Coady made him feel especially welcome on his first day, even if the quick-talking Scouser wasn’t the easiest to understand. “On the first day I tried to be close to Jonny and Adama, but I spoke with Conor and I understand him, but I think he spoke slowly with me!” he said. “I think he’s a great captain, the first day here was very easy for me because Conor was very close to me.”