Dream Valencia return for Pablo
30th August 2013
Pablo Hernandez admits a return to former club Valencia in the Europa League is a dream outcome.
The Swans will face the Spanish side along with Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar and St Gallen of Switzerland in the Group Stage following the draw on Friday afternoon.
A trip to the Mestalla is up first for the Swans on Thursday, September 19, which means Hernandez will get an immediate return to the club with whom he spent eight years.
And the 28-year-old, who joined the Swans in a then club record transfer in August 2012, revealed he is relishing going up against his former club on the Europa League stage.
"I am very happy with the draw," said the Spanish international, who played in the Europa League and Champions League with Valencia.
"I get to return to Valencia - a city where I have a lot of friends and good memories. My family and friends can now go to the Mestalla, which is a special stadium, and watch me play.
"The Mestalla is a big stadium in Spain, and they have great fans too. It will be a great place for us to play."
He added: "It's a hard group. Valencia are a big team, and the matches against Ruban and St Gallen will be very difficult too.
"But if we can finish first and Valencia second then that would be perfect for me."