Michu has always made decision from the heart. His reluctance to leave Celta when they were in Segunda to move to a Primera club who offered to double his wages was atypical of the modern game, but the side in question was Sporting and Michu is a firm Oviedo man. He turned down the offer. Heart before wallet.
Now at 29 years of age and having recovered from a series of debilitating knee injuries that have sidelined him for 14 months, Michu is to make his debut on Thursday night for Tercera División outfit Langreo against Covadonga. It is day one of his rebirth as a footballer.
The former Oviedo, Celta, Rayo, Swansea and Napoli striker has always made his moves based on instinct and, injuries aside, it has served his career well. It may be strange to see a recent Spain international slogging it out on the pitches of the semi-professional tier of Spanish football, especially given the artificial pitch in place at Langreo's Nuevo Ganzábal stadium and his troublesome knee, but Michu has chosen the club as the starting point for the relaunch of his career.
The identity of Langreo's manager influenced his decision: Hernán Pérez is a promising coach and Michu's brother. Of managing his sibling, Pérez noted: "As a coach I want him to stay here for the rest of the season, but as a brother I hope he doesn't even get to the end of January with us because an opportunity in the higher tiers comes up."