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Difficult to leave Spain and Atletico Madrid but I wanted new challenge, proclaims Jonny Otto

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Difficult to leave Spain and Atletico Madrid but I wanted new challenge, proclaims Jonny Otto

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SportsCafe Desk

05/31/2020

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Jonny Otto has admitted that while it was tough for him to leave Atletico Madrid, the opportunity to play in England was impossible to turn down. The former Los Rojiblancos and Celta Vigo star signed for the Molineux side last summer and has made quite an impact.

The full-back signed on a season long loan deal but Otto made such an impact that within six months of him arriving in England, the deal was made permanent as he became the club’s record signing. Since then, things have changed and few players at Wolves have made more appearances for the club than Jonny Otto since he arrived at the club although his club record fee was broken by Raul Jimenez last summer.

Yet this season the trend has continued with Otto amongst the club’s most consistent players as he has missed just three Premier League games. Not only that, the full-back, alongside Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and many others, has played a key role in Wolves making it all the way to the last-16 of the Europa League and keeping them in contention to go even further. But the journey has been a tough one for the defender and he admitted that while the decision to leave Spain was difficult, he knew he had to do it to challenge himself somewhere new.

"It's always difficult to leave your home, your people but it was a decision I had taken a year before [I left]. I had decided I wanted to leave Celta and get to know something more, get to know a new league. Although I had signed for Atletico, when the opportunity arose to join Wolves, I decided to take it, particularly when it was the whole idea of coming to England, which is something I really wanted to do. So it was a very easy decision to make," he told Sky Sports.

"I have absolutely no regrets [about not making an appearance for Atletico]. Atletico is a great team and one of the best in the world, but I'm really happy with the decision I made. I'm very happy here and this is my home. When it comes to Nuno, yes I knew about him [before joining Wolves]. In fact, I once played against him when he was training Valencia and I knew how he played. Regarding Wolves, I didn't really know that much about them, I knew very little, I just knew that they [were promoted] to the league and that was pretty much it," he added.

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