Alvaro Arbeloa says he is pleased to have made a return to the Real Madrid side but admitted they were made to suffer by Las Palmas at the weekend.
Los Blancos scraped past the La Liga strugglers 2-1 thanks to a last gasp Casemiro goal. It means Real maintain their third place position in the table, four points behind Atletico de Madrid and 12 behind leaders Barcelona.
In quotes published on the Real Madrid website, Arbeloa admitted a trip to the Canary Islands is always a tough match.
“I’m pleased to be back playing after such a long time, it’s what every footballer wants, and to win makes it even better. We suffered, they made it difficult for us. Las Palmas are good at home and they’re a very tough opponent. They beat Getafe not long ago, and Barcelona struggled here. They tried really hard and they’re a great team. If they keep playing like this I’m sure they’ll be safe,” he commented.
The right back went on to hail the Las Palmas fans for getting behind their team and making it an intimidating place to play.
“I’ve been at Real Madrid for seven years and I’m not sure I’ve seen anything quite like it. I want to thank the fans for their affection and how they received us. I hope they remain in the La Liga for years to come,” he stated.