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Pranjic excited by Celta move

January 23, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

New Celta Vigo signing Danijel Pranjic says he did not think twice when the chance came to join the Galician club.

Daniel Pranjic is delighted to have left Sporting Lisbon for Celta Vigo
GettyImages Daniel Pranjic is delighted to swap Sporting Lisbon for Celta Vigo

The former Bayern Munich wideman has joined on loan from Sporting Lisbon until June, with the deal including an option for Celta to then make the deal permanent should it prove successful.

Pranjic, 31, told reporters in Vigo on Tuesday evening that he expected things to work out and he was looking forward to a long spell in La Liga.

“I know Celta from when they played in Europe ten years ago,” he said. “I was looking to leave Sporting and, when the offer came, I did not think twice about accepting. I hope to be here a long time. The Spanish league is the best in the world.”

The 45-times capped Croatian international said he hoped his experience would help Celta, currently just one point and one place above the Primera Division’s drop zone, to climb the table and avoid relegation.

“I can bring my experience from Champions League with Bayern and Croatian national team,” he said. “I have seen that Celta are a team who play nice football and do not deserve to be so low in the table. I believe we can keep our place in the division and next season look upwards.”

Having made just 13 appearance for Sporting after joining them from Bayern on a free transfer last summer, Pranjic admitted he was happy to be leaving Portugal.

“Sporting were not doing well, and one player on his own cannot get them out of that situation,” he said. “Teams always sat back against us. It will be different in Spain.”