LANGREO | MICHU
Michu hoping to turn out for fourth-tier Langreo
The former Spain international remains on the long road to recovery and hopes Swansea will release him to play for Tercera side.
Michu is on the verge of becoming Tercera División side UP Langreo's star signing. The former Spain international remains on the books at Premier League club Swansea but is not in the plans of manager Garry Monk and has been on the sidelines for a year as he struggles to recover from an ankle injury. In order to regain his fitness, Michu has been training with Langreo in his native Asturias for several months and now hopes to be allowed to make a return to competitive action under the guidance of Hernán Pérez at the 4,000-seater Ganzábal.
However, the deal will require the green light from three sides: Langreo are more than happy with the proposal and Michu is desperate to return to competitive action and to test his ankle, which was operated on again a month ago. But Swansea will have to bless the move. Michu, who was on loan at Napoli when he suffered his injury, tried to rescind his contract with the Swans, which runs until 2016, but the club refused despite Monk's decision to discard the midfielder.
Michu's intention is to play for Langreo until January and see how his ankle holds out, after undergoing several operations over the course of the last two years. If all goes well, the former Celta and Rayo player will see if he can secure a move to a team higher up the football ladder.
The midfielder, who came through the ranks at Real Oviedo, has not played a competitive match since October 23, 2014, while at Napoli, where he only managed six appearances. He was signed by Swansea in 2012 from Rayo for 2.5 million euros after scoring 15 goals in 37 league matches in the 2011-12 season. In his first season in the Premier League Michu was a revelation, firing in 18 goals under Michael Laudrup and earning a call-up to the Spain national team.
Last summer was the toughest of Michu's career to date. Having more or less recovered from his ankle problem he was linked with moves to Rayo, Granada, Deportivo and Aston Villa, but nothing concrete materialized. At 29 years of age, rumour of his imminent retirement circulated, but Michu decided to take a different path. Last month he posted on his Twitter account: "Never stop dreaming."