Jefferson Montero is delighted to join Swansea City
24th July 2014
Jefferson Montero revealed a past encounter and some advice from Antonio Valencia paved the way for his move to Swansea City.
The Ecuadorian international penned a four-year deal from Mexican club Morelia to become Garry Monk's sixth summer signing.
Montero is no stranger to the Liberty. In 2011, the 24-year-old was on loan at Real Betis when the Spanish club took on the Swans in a pre-season friendly in South Wales.
The Swans emerged 1-0 winners, and Montero admits the hosts' performance left a lasting impression.
And, following some encouraging words from Ecuador team-mate and Manchester United winger Valencia, Montero's mind was made as he headed for the Barclays Premier League.
"I was impressed by Swansea when I played against them in a friendly (at the Liberty) while I was at Betis. Their style is very attractive," said Montero, who spoke via a translator.
"And Antonio Valencia also spoke very well about the team - he said they are always a tough team to play against.
"We've spoken recently and we joked about Swansea and Manchester United playing in the first game. So that will be an interesting match for us.
"He also told me how great the league is. Every single game is very competitive, and I'm really looking forward to playing in it.
"I've played in La Liga and in Mexico, but now I am in the Premier League - the best in the world - and I want to thank Swansea for giving me this opportunity."
Montero, who played in all three of his country's matches in the World Cup, took in his first training session with his new team-mates today.
He joined the Swans' fellow World Cup duo Ki Sung-Yueng and Wilfried Bony as the squad continue preparations for the club's fourth consecutive Premier League campaign.
And the speedy winger has already been made to feel welcome in his new surroundings.
He added: "The welcome I have had here is unbelievable. Everybody is really nice and they have made it easy for me.
"I can't speak English yet, but I'm determined to be able to communicate very soon in English with my team-mates and the coaches as it is very important to me."