Marc Crosas has revealed that the Efrain Juarez played a part in his surprise move from Russia to Mexican side Santos Laguna.
The 24-year-old former Barcelona midfielder has already played in France, Scotland and Russia and is looking forward to the unusual step of heading to Mexico.
Most football traffic is one way from Mexico to Europe but the unconventional former Celt is looking forward to something a little bit different.
“I have followed the Mexican soccer for some time,” Crosas told Mexican newspaper El Siglo De Torreon. “I had the opportunity to share a dressing room with Mexican players such as Rafael Marquez, Giovanni Dos Santos and Efrain Juarez.
“I am someone who loves football, I have always taken much international football and I have been interested in the Mexican championship, but I could not say what the differences are, until you are playing in Mexico I can tell if there is any difference.
“Moving from Europe to Mexico is unusual, most players move in the other direction but I’m happy doing it the other way from everyone else.”
No one could ever doubt Crosas’ pride in being from Barcelona but that hasn’t dimmed his sense of adventure.
Anyone that can adapt from Barcelona to Glasgow and on to Volga has to be cosmopolitan in their outlook with the midfielder looking forward to the start of another new chapter.
“There have been situations where change is inevitable,” Crosas added. “Sometimes you need a change of scenery, or simply football but the truth is I’ve not given it much thought that I’m changing year after year.
“I will try to work at my best, to give one hundred percent as soon as possible to adapt not only to Mexican soccer, but also the life and culture of Mexico.
“That’s important when a player is to play another country, trying to adapt and learn new football and the culture of the nation to which one travels.
“I’ll try to do it as fast as possible, since there will be no difficulty with the language, and hope to be a hundred percent as soon as possible.
“I am excited to travel early to know who will be my teammates and the coaching staff as part of the country and in football in general.”
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