Deportivo la Coruna's new forward Nelson Oliveira expects playing regularly in La Liga will help him develop as a player.
Oliveira, who turns 21 on Wednesday, made four substitute appearances for Portugal at Euro 2012, having been mostly used from the bench last season with Benfica. The striker now hopes that playing regularly over a season long loan spell in La Liga will bring his game on more quickly, but he feels under no pressure to provide instant results.
"I am young and need to play to grow," he said. "I hope to get playing time at Deportivo and for a good season on a personal and collective level. The expectations are a motivation to constantly improve, but I do not feel pressure."
Since winning last season's Spanish Segunda Division, the Galicians have signed attacker Pizzi from Atlético Madrid, ex-Sporting Lisbon midfielder André Santos and Colombian international midfielder Abel Aguilar from Hercules. Former Spanish international defender Carlos Marchena, 33, is reportedly close to signing from recently relegated Villarreal.
Oliveira said that the new arrivals had fitted in well within the squad.
"I am one player who has joined to help the team, like the others," he said. "Together we will try and have the best season we can. It is a very good group, they have helped me settle in."
Depor's continuing preparations for the new campaign, which they begin August 20 at home to Osasuna, include friendlies against top flight Sevilla on Wednesday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.
"We have a week and a half to arrive perfectly at the start of the La Liga," said Oliveira. "We have two games against direct rivals, and I believe that will help us prepare well. I hope we play two good games."